Before you put your home on the market and start showing buyers through the door, take a walk up the drive, and have a good snoop around. Often, there are some really simple jobs you can do before the for sale sign goes up that will make life much easier when the time comes to start accepting visitors. You want to present your home in its best possible light, and that may be much easier than you think.
Mowing the lawn
Mowing the lawn doesn’t take much time, but it can make a massive difference to the aesthetic of your garden, and improve the general appeal of the exterior of the house. If you have a front garden, a well-kept lawn will make a positive impression instantly. Wait for a dry day, and don’t forget the trim the edges.
Painting the front door
There’s nothing like curb appeal to send buyers into a spin. If your front door is looking a little drab or tired, spending fifteen minutes giving it a new coat of paint could make all the difference. Choose a shade in keeping with the style of your home. You can also make your home look more alluring from the sidewalk by adding potted trees and hanging baskets to the porch or adorning windows with shutters or window boxes.
Nothing puts buyers off like dirt, clutter, and bad smells. If you know that people are coming around to view the house, spend some time cleaning. Tidy up all the rooms, and put toys, clothes, and shoes away. If there’s stuff everywhere, the house will look smaller, and it will be more difficult for buyers to see its potential. Light some scented candles or use diffusers to create ambiance, and nullify any unpleasant odors. Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathroom. Mop floors, and vacuum carpets. If your carpets are discolored, or there’s a stubborn stain you can’t shift, consider enlisting the help of a company like Terrapin Chem-Dry.
De-personalizing your home
When you’re at home, you want to feel comfortable in your own space, and those little personal touches can make a house into a homely, welcoming retreat. When you’re selling your house, scale back the personalization, and give your buyers more of a blank canvas. If there are photographs everywhere, for example, it may be difficult for other people to envisage the house as their home. By all means, keep accessories like cushions on the bed and throws on the couch. But go steady with wedding photos and family portraits.
If you’re selling your home, the last thing you want is to show endless groups of real estate agents and their clients around without success. Before you put your home up for sale, carry out some simple jobs to make it more appealing to buyers. Think about what you would notice if you weren’t the owner, and how you could make it a more attractive proposition. The simple things often make all the difference, and it doesn’t take long to bring about amazing changes.