Preparing your home for sale can be a lot of work. A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers. Experts say most homeowners will be able to get their home in shape in 30 days or less. Here’s how you can get it done:
Add Curb Appeal
Some ideas include dressing up the front door (clean, new paint, etc.), replacing hardware (handles, lights, house numbers, etc.), installing outdoor lighting, cleaning or upgrading outside landscaping, installing window boxes with flowers and plants, or adding shutters or accent trim.
Tackle the Honey-Do List
There are always plenty of tasks that have been put on the backburner. You can fix broken screens and tiles, replace light bulbs, and tighten leaky faucets and doorknobs.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Time to break out the spray and paper towels. Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing.
Repaint the Walls Neutral Colors
You might like bold and drastic colors, but it’s best to keep your walls as neutral as possible for prospective buyers.
Get Rid of Bulky Furniture
Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so get rid of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it is in reality.
Storage space is a huge selling point and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it.
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa
Quickly dress a drab bathroom by stacking a few washcloths tied with ribbon, adding some scented candles and faux plants, or buying bathmats and towels in coordinating tones.
Use Natural Light
Open up all the windows to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery, room looks bigger and more inviting.
Prepare for Showings
Before every showing turn on the lights and soft music, take out the trash, and light a subtle, nice-smelling candle.
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