You’ve decided you want to put your house on the market.
Now, you have to get ready for it.
There are many things that you have to do to prep your house for showing to prospective buyers.
Buyers can be picky, but if you stage your house properly, you can impress them, and command top dollar in the sale.
You have to always keep in mind that your buyers are trying to find a house that they think will fit their lives. It does not matter if you think certain customizations are great. You need to be sure that the way your house looks, appeals to a broad range of buyers. That means making your house as generic in decor as possible.
Start by decluttering your house to remove things that you do not use very often. This is a good time to get rid of stuff that won’t be making the move with you. Put items you plan to keep in moving boxes and label the boxes clearly. Declutter each room in your house so you’re only left with the essential pieces of furniture, some furniture accessories, and just some simple wall decorations.
KEEP THOSE SHELVES FREE OF DUST
Give all wood surfaces a good polish. If your wood cabinetry have scratch marks, you can use an old trick of applying a little bit vegetable oil onto the scratch to camouflage it. The scratch will become fainter in appearance temporarily.
NAIL HOLES NEED TO BE COVERED AND REPAINTED
If your walls have little holes made by nails, fill them in with spackle. Apply just enough to fill in the hole and smooth over the spot with a small metal spatula. If the paint on your walls is in really bad shape, you should consider repainting the entire room.
CARPET AND FLOORING
Give your carpet a thorough shampoo. Carpet fibers flatten over time. A good carpet shampooer using steam can raise the fibers again. Ace Hardware shops usually have carpet cleaners you can rent inexpensively. Or hire a professional to come in and clean your carpet. Clean any upholstery in your rooms so they area free of dust and stains. Especially if you’ve had pets in the home, no one wants to move into a home that smells like cats, dogs or other pets.
HEAVY CLEANING FOR KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS
Spend extra time in cleaning the most heavily used areas like your bathrooms and your kitchen. These rooms are workhorses, and your buyer will look to make sure that these areas are properly maintained.
For your bathrooms, polish your fixtures. Scrub your toilet, tub and sinks to remove all traces of stains. Put away all toiletry items from the sink area. You can put in a decorative plant or candles to accessorize the area. Make sure that you have clean towels in there everyday.
Scrub your kitchen appliances to remove all signs of grease and stains. Make your kitchen counter space look as roomy as possible by putting away kitchen tools that you don’t use very much. A desired trait in kitchens is usually storage and counter space.
LOOK FROM A BUYERS PERSPECTIVE
As you are staging your house, try to look at your house from the buyer’s perspective. If your house impresses him as a place where his family can live, you have a good chance of a sale.
If you take an attitude that your dirt becomes their dirt, most buyers will take that as a sign that your home is probably not in the best condition either, since there is no personal pride taken to present the home as well as possible.
Take time to go through these steps and know that it DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE when you show that you care about your home by cleaning and removing ugly blemishes and toilet build up, nail holes and refreshing the carpet and floors.
Your buyers will be impressed and that positive feeling just may be the task needed to land you a sale!