Leaving the house for showings and open houses, having to keep the place spotless at all times, having a home on the market can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want to know that you won’t be in this stress-inducing limbo forever. The following tips can help you sell your home faster, which ultimately saves you money!
Few things detract from the beauty of a home quite like clutter. Though straightening and organizing is rarely the way most homeowners want to spend their days, it makes a huge difference. We're not just talking about scrapping the junk mail either. Rid your entryways and mud rooms of extra coats, bags, and boots. Keep those countertops clear, and don't forget to straighten up inside the kitchen and bathroom cabinets!
Clean, Clean, Clean!
Whether you've lived in a home for a few months or a few decades, some stains become invisible to you. While not every visitor will perform the old white glove test, they will notice things like dirty windowsills and dusty shelves. (And that crusty stuff on the bottom of your oven needs to go too.)
Up The Curb Appeal
If a property looks well-cared for from the outside, chances are it's been well-maintained on the inside too. Plus, prospective owners look at a lush lawn as one less thing they have to deal with after they move in.
Remove Personal Items
As hard as it might be to imagine that no one wants to see your Beanie Baby collection, it's true. Not only will quirky displays distract would-be buyers, they can turn them off to the property completely. Don't take that chance.
Be Your Own Marketing Machine
While having a great agent in your corner is half the battle, don't be shy when it comes to spreading the word on your own. You never know who has friends or family looking for new digs!
Make Minor Upgrades (That Can Make A Major Difference)
Fresh coats of paint brighten up rooms and make them appear fresh again. If you don't have the money to splurge on a major kitchen renovation, consider inexpensive updates like switching out the hardware or light fixtures. If you're willing to invest a bit more, replace an outdated appliance or two. Something as simple as cleaning the grout in your bathroom will go a long way toward making the place shine.
Take Care of Items That May Come Up On A Home Inspection
You know that loose handrail you’ve been ignoring? Fix it. Now. If you’re aware of problems that will undoubtedly appear on a home inspector’s report, deal with them as soon as you can so you don’t waste time or lose a potential buyer.