Here are some useful tips to help prepare your property in the best possible way prior to going on the market.
- Clean. Outside and in. Chem wash of the outside make a huge difference and will go a long way. Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing. If you’ve already moved out or if you’re too busy to stay on top of things, consider hiring a cleaning service to stop by every week that you’re on the market.
- Repaint. If the house is in need of some paint, get it done. It make a massive difference and gives the house a crisp fresh feel. Make sure the entrance to your home creates a good first impression.
- Garden. Sharpen up! Make sure your gardener is on top of your lawns and garden (even if it’s a little one) and you have an ongoing maintenance plan in place during the marketing and sale of the property. If you don’t have a gardener, I have an number of great gardeners I can recommend.
- Clear out the clutter. You want buyers to focus on how amazing your space is, not how messy it looks. Banish that piles of shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s gorgeous features. Also, 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 really is.
- Keep the décor simple. To help buyers imagine themselves in your space, get rid of any art or other décor that might turn off people with different tastes.
- Light. Open up all the windows to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright room looks bigger and more inviting.
- Organize your closets. 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.
- Pay attention to smells. Don’t cook bacon in your home the day of a showing. Flowers and candles are essential.