10 Tips on Prepping Your Home For Sale

Sat, 07 Mar 2015

Every seller wants to get top dollar for their home, but it takes careful planning to professionally spruce up your home so that will send home buyers scurrying for their chequebooks. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.

1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Think, "This is not my home; it a product to be sold and promoted to potential buyers."
  • Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Picture yourself handing over the keys to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room.  Don't look backwards - look toward the future.

2. De-Personalize.

Pack up those personal photographs, family heirlooms, religious icons, trophies, awards, and certificates. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

3. De-Clutter!

People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.  If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head start on the packing you will need to do anyway.

4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets

  • Organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space. Pack up out of season clothes and clothes that you don’t wear that often.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction and line up shoes.
  • Neatly stack dishes and turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Organize cutlery and other kitchen drawers – pack up items not used daily.

5. Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

  • Remove pieces of furniture that block paths and walkways and put them in storage
  • Since your bookcases are now empty, store them.
  • Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger.

6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or light fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

7. Make Minor Repairs

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom”. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Oil any squeaky hinges and
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

8. Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
  • Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.
  • Make every surface shine. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.

9. Scrutinize.

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.
  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

10. Check Curb Appeal

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Make the front door and windows inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.
  • Clean out your eaves troughs
  • Pressure wash any siding and decks

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