Top 10 To-Do Before Selling Your House

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Thinking of selling your house? Then it’s time to prepare your house for a great first impression for potential buyers. If you’re working with a real estate agent, ask them for some guidance for enhancing your home’s presentation before you put your house on the market.

Create and pursue a checklist of the things you must do to prepare your house in the presentation department.

In this article we outline ten useful strategies for staging your home for sale to increase the value of your house. Some of these tips are surprisingly easy to do while some might need a bit more effort.

The following are the 10 things to always remember when it’s time to put your house on the market.

  1. Welcoming the Buyers.

You should make your front door accessible and visible to buyers, so paint the door, cut the grass and clear debris from the walkway and yard.

To attract attention from the street, you can plant colorful perennials. Replace your doormat and repair the broken doorbells, screens, roof tiles and outdoor lighting.

It can lead to a poor first impression on buyers if you don’t fix the exterior defects.

  1. Disassociate Yourself From Your House.

It is time for you to remove your belongings from the property and think of the sale as a business transaction, once you have decided to sell your house on the market.

You should remove any distractions in order to make the buyers visualize themselves and their family living in your house.

  1. Make It Sparkle And Shine- Inside And Outside.

Deep cleaning can win points with buyers because cleanliness implies a home has been well taken care of. Buyers inspect homes, particularly bathrooms and kitchens.

To give these grime-prone rooms a clean and fresh look is to repaint them and then clean some more.  Take special care with the bathroom and kitchen by making sure the sink, tiles, shower, and floors shine if you want your home to look spotless.

  1. Repaint Walls Wisely.

Maybe you might prefer to repaint your walls with pink accent, but turns out that’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, so it could be a turnoff for them.

The challenge you face will be the several dozen potential buyers you’ll attract so you should always lean towards neutral colors when painting or decorating your walls.

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  1. Touch Up Any Scratch Marks.

Pay much attention to scrubbing and touching up walls, baseboards, and doors, even if you are not doing a full-on repainting of the whole interior, in order to make the house sparkle and look cared-of.

  1. Lighten Up.

Change the decorative light fixtures if they no longer suit your home’s fresher and cleaner look. Put in new bulbs with suitable lightning for specific areas of your home.

Focus on things such as low-key lighting filling a room, or on task lighting for cozy areas for a reading corner. To highlight focal points in a room, you can use accent lighting to draw your potential buyer’s attention to certain selling points such as unique artwork above a mantle.

  1. Add Some Decorative Plants.

It’s always a nice touch if you set the table with fresh and decorative flowers in the kitchen or on the dining room table.

To add a fresh sent, you can quickly assemble your table right before a showing or an open house, allowing a breeze to carry the organic feel of your perennial plants.

  1. Hide Valuable And Unsightly Everyday Items.

Do not leave your children’s toy or pet belongings out in the open during open houses.

Before showing or open houses, you have to put all the animal crates, pet dishes, kid’s entertainment, toys and litters to less eye-catching areas of the home like your house garage or outdoor storage unit.

In addition, also be prepared to properly store the things like dirty laundry and dirty kitchen utensils or cleaning supplies.

  1. Window Frames.

To enhance your house’s natural brightness and to boost the appearance of your home, you have to ensure that you have the right window treatments.

It also brings emphasis to a room’s temperature because they can reduce or increase the amount of light passing through its area. When showing your home in the mornings, afternoon and evenings, you have to adjust to treatments appropriately.

  1. Don’t Forget Your Backyard.

Maintain your backyard so it’s looking functional and spacious. Keep the landscaping trimmed and neat with plant colorful plants, green grass, and auspicious flowers.

Finally, you want to keep your grounds clean to keep your buyer’s comfortable while touring your yard. That means you have to consistently pick up after your pets (and your own family).

Being ready for the buyer’s inspection is one of the smartest things a seller can do. By being aware that sometimes the small things can destroy a potential buyer’s trust should energize you to pay attention to details.

Oftentimes the sale of your house will fall apart at the home inspection portion compared to any other point in time during this transaction.

So it means that you have to consider the most common issues for home inspections and quickly dealing with them beforehand.

Sometimes buyers end up rejecting your house because of very specific (or nitpicky) issues. So it’s important to address problems and issues if you’re aware of any of these, before putting your house on the market.

David Carter

AuthorDavid Carter

Serious about helping people understand how to sell or save their home. I cover stories related to all things real estate. I'm interested in informing the public on ways to improve their daily lives by having a home they can afford.

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