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If you want to get the most out of the sale of your home, make sure it looks as appealing as possible when prospective buyers stop by for a showing.
Prepare your home for sale with these 5 tips from real estate website Trulia.
Buyers are going to scrutinize your house. Do you want them focused on the clumps of dust stuck to your ceiling fans, or do you want them to notice how nice it is that you have ceiling fans in the bedrooms? Toothpaste stuck to the bathroom sink, splotches on the mirrors and dog hair in the carpet are not great selling points. When you’re ready to sell, deep clean your house (or hire someone to do it), and do at least a basic wipe down before every showing.
Don’t forget your yard! Keep your grass cut and your landscaping weed-free. Buyers get their first impression before they even enter your home.
In addition to keeping it clean, make sure your home – and your yard – are neat. This includes your closets. Buyers want to see how much storage space you have, so they will be opening your closet doors. Tidy, organized closets and storage rooms are more appealing. Consider removing items you won’t likely need before you move and put them in a storage unit.
Remember that decorations and adornments can appear cluttered, too. This might be a good time to pack up family photos, clear off the refrigerator and take down potentially distracting artwork. Help potential buyers see themselves and their furnishings and décor in your home by keeping it as neutral as possible.
The way a home smells can make as much of an impact as how it looks. If possible, open windows to freshen the air. Don’t cook anything with a strong odor (like fish or bacon) before a showing. But do consider baking some cookies or bread to give your house a welcoming, homey scent before prospective buyers stop by.
Open blinds and curtains and turn on your lights before a showing. A brighter room looks bigger and more welcoming. Also consider adding lamps to darker rooms and spaces.
As painful as it might seem to have to finish those unfinished projects right before you move, now is the time to get them done. If you have cracks in your sidewalk, holes in your walls or loose doorknobs, take some time to repair them. A small investment of your time and money now, could make a big difference when you sell your home.