Here are the best low cost and no cost ways to ready your home for the market.
Spring clean! Pull back the curtains, open the windows and shake the dust off of everything. Wash windows, deep clean carpets and rugs, and scrub down the baseboards. The cleaner and more well-kept a house is, the more comfortable a buyer will feel about it. Clean out fireplaces and add white birch logs or light-colored candles for a Springier effect.
Remember the outside when you are cleaning. This is the first thing a potential home buyer will see so try and make it as welcoming and pristine as possible. Clear away leaves and clutter in the yard. Plant some flowers if you have a garden and sweep the walk and the driveway to make your curb appeal pop. You may want to consider power washing any dirty or unsightly areas too. For the cost of renting a power washer you can give new life to dingy spaces. Hang a flowering plant by the front door or add a pot with flowers and trailing vines beside the entryway.
While you’re at it, declutter everything! Many agents say that closets should only be 2/3 full to appear roomier. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you likely won’t wear it again. Donate things with gentle wear or sell them online or at a yard sale (hey – tell your customers that your home will be listed soon and give them your agent’s card!).
Consider your furniture when decluttering. Are your tabletops and other surfaces clear of clutter? Add a pretty basket to drop your mail in to. In the kitchen, put away small appliances that you don’t use daily. Assess your bathroom. Does it look like a clean hotel bathroom (it should), or like a local pharmacy dumped its contents on your vanity?
Are the rooms themselves cluttered with too many pieces and knick–knacks? Consider what you really love and ditch the rest – or put it in storage until you move. You’ll be halfway packed by the time you sell your house! Throw a light blanket over the back of a dark couch, roll up a dark rug to reveal freshly scrubbed wood floors. The light and airy feel will welcome Spring and home buyers with a breath of fresh air. An added bonus? You get to enjoy your newly decluttered and spruced up, Spring filled up home!
As always, when you have a showing, remember to open all blinds and curtains and turn on all the lights. Try not to be home so that potential buyers can imagine themselves living in this light and airy dream home. Consider baking some cookies (but turn off the oven!) before you leave to make the house smell homey and inviting.
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