Make Your Home Sell Faster
Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.
Disassociate Yourself With Your Home
Make the mental decision to let go of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Think of it a product for sale.
Pack up photos and heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them distracted. You don't want them asking, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want them to say, "I can see myself living here."
Remove all books from bookcases, pack up knickknacks, clean everything off of counters, and donate stuff you haven't used in over a year. Put extra furniture in storage to give more space, and make your rooms look larger. Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
Clean and Organize Closets and Cabinets
Buyer loves to snoop. They will open closets and cabinet doors. If a buyer see everything organized, they will assume you haven taken good care of the rest of the house. Line everything up nice and neat.
Remove/Replace Favorite Items
If you want to take something with you, remove it now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they won't want it. Once you tell a buyer they can't have an item, they will covet it, and it could blow your deal.
Scrutinize and Make it Sparkle
Wash everything! Hang fresh towels, replace worn bedspreads and old rugs, repaint any loud colored walls, mow the lawn and trim your bushes, replace burned-out light bulbs,
and make any minor repairs. Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Does the house welcome you? Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.