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Prepping Your Home to Sell

CLEAN, CLEAN, and CLEAN some more!

It is easy to ignore those areas of the house that may be a nuisance to clean, but when it comes time to sell you want your house to sparkle. Some areas that may get neglected are ceiling fans, windows and blinds, trim and baseboards, sinks, behind a toilet, and furniture with a lot of décor on it. If you are too busy to do an overall cleaning, it would be a great idea to hire a cleaning service. When it helps to sell your home, it will be money well spent.


Believe it or not, the smell of your home can make a potential buyer feel motivated or discouraged to buy. If your home smells of animals, musty, smokey, or even like the food you just cooked, it can greatly impact the buyer’s feeling about the home. Grab some light scented candles, diffusers, potpourri, and room sprays to give it that welcome home feeling.


This is a big one that a lot of sellers struggle with. When a potential buyer comes in, you want them to envision themselves living there. That is not as easy to see with a stack of mail falling over the coffee table or the shoes piled up in front of the door. The more you can remove, the better.


While this is a more tedious job, it will pay off big in the long run. Painting your walls in neutral tones like tans, whites, and grays will allow buyers to focus more on the features and space of your home, rather than the crazy pink walls!


As much as you may love your leopard print bedspread, your buyers may actually be turned off by it. Keep it simple by throwing a solid color blanket over the top. That way you both win!


A bright room will give the appeal of being inviting to buyers. Open those blinds and curtains, and add some floor or table lamps if needed.


If you’ve got a room such as a bathroom or kitchen that looks a bit outdated, give it a quick touch up by replacing the simple things like handles, towel racks, or faucets. Just by doing these little things here and there, you can really make a difference in the overall look of a room.


You might have that extra room/space in your home that has become your catch all for those random items you don’t have a place for, but you want a buyer to see what the room can be used for. Is it an office, a guest room, a play room? Pick one and go with it.


A lot of homes nowadays will add that little extra something by throwing in a touch of color to a fairly neutral zone. You don’t want to go crazy with color, but for example putting a decorative bowl or vase on living room table or some bright towels in the kitchen just draw a little more attention to those areas.


Take a look at your home from the curb side. Does it draw you in visually? Do you think it would attract buyers? Perhaps, you could touch up the landscaping a bit by adding some potted plants or some solar lights along the sidewalk. The first thing buyers will see is the outside of your home. If they are driving by, you want them to be enticed to see the inside!