Preparing to sell your home comes with a lot of tasks to keep in mind. Some of these are more important than others. Here are four of those tasks you definitely want on your checklist.
Declutter Living Areas
Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers. If the house is overflowing with stuff, they might worry that the house will not have ample space for their own belongings. Take the excess and donate or pack it up for a storage space. The bonus to taking care of this now is that it’s one less chore you will have to do when it’s actually time to move.
Depersonalize Your Space
You want to remove any distractions so the buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property. That includes personal items and family photos, as well as bold artwork and furniture that might make your home less appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which house hunters can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.
Even if you are not doing a full-on repainting project, pay special attention to scrubbing and then touching up baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and look cared-for. A small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer. It can make them stop and think, “What else is broken here?”
Conduct a Smell Test
Foul odors, even slight ones, can be a deal breaker, and the problem is that you might not even notice them. He recommends inviting an unbiased third party in to try to detect any pet smells or lingering odors from your kitchen. If the smells are pervasive, you might need to do some deep cleaning, because many buyers are on to your “masking techniques” such as candles or plug-in room deodorizers.
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