If you’re like most people, your two biggest concerns when you put your home on the market involve time and money.
How long will it take to sell my home?
How much am I going to get for it?
There are a numbers of factors that influence the answer to both of those questions, many of which—like the overall health of the housing market—are out of your control. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do, relatively quickly and inexpensively, to maximize the marketability of your home – and that means you’ll increase your odds of selling your home fast.
“Sell My Home” Weekend Project #1: Neutralize
It’s important for prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves in your home.
- Freshen up your walls with a fresh coat of paint—in a neutral shade.
- Remove personal objects, such as family photos, awards, and memorabilia.
- While you don’t have to get rid of every decoration, it’s wise to remove anything prospective buyers might find offensive.
- Use odor-neutralizing products rather than overpowering scents.
“Sell My Home” Weekend Project #2: Organize
It goes without saying that you should give your home a top-to-bottom cleaning before it goes on the market. A spotless home gives prospective buyers a better first impression than one with unmade beds and last week’s dishes in the sink. In addition to a thorough cleaning, though, be sure to give your home a good de-clutter.
The primary purpose of clearing away clutter is to make your spaces feel more, well, spacious.
- In the kitchen, clear off countertops and make cabinets feel extra roomy by packing up anything you haven’t used in the past few weeks. Find one place to stash all of your cleaning supplies.
- Take the same approach in the bathrooms. Pitch all of those tried-it-hated-it personal care products you’ve been stashing under the sink. Pack up unused towels and linens.
- Spend time culling through every clothes closet in your home, leaving only the essentials. You want prospective buyers to think, “There’s so much room in here!” not, “Wow, they have a lot of stuff.”
- In living areas, eliminate stacks and piles of toys, books, magazines, knitting projects, pet supplies, and so on. Go ahead and pack up collectibles, too. [9 Ways to Make Pets Invisible to Potential Home Buyers]
“Sell My Home” Weekend Project #3: Revitalize
There’s nothing quite like walking into a well-lit room. Simply letting the sunshine in your home will help it feel newer, cleaner, and more spacious.
- Swap out heavy, dark curtains for sheer panels.
- If you’d rather not invest money in new window coverings, spend the time to wash current ones. Both curtains and blinds collect a significant amount of dust in a short period of time. Giving them a thorough cleaning will also neutralize odors.
- Keep your window coverings open to let in plenty of natural light.
- Use the higher-watt bulb in all your light fixtures, and turn them all on for showings and open houses.
“Sell My Home” Weekend Project #4: Exercise
Now that the inside of your home is prospective buyer-ready, let’s work on curb appeal!
- Keep your lawn mowed and bushes trimmed. You want prospective buyers’ first impression to be, “This is a well cared for home.”
- Make sure your garage door looks great and is fully operational.
- Sweep sidewalks, porches, and decks.
- Clean out your gutters.
- Pull weeds from the seams in your driveway.
- Re-stain your deck and fence if they’re starting to look neglected or are in poor condition.
By investing a bit of time into your home before it goes on the market, you’ll be greatly improving prospective buyers’ first impressions. Of course, the most important decision you can make in regard to marketing your home is to hire a real estate professional. [The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Real Estate Agent]
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