When trying to sell your home, you want to show it off to its full potential. This means noticing all those little things you have gotten used to over the years or tried to ignore. While this can seem like a very overwhelming project to take on, we are here to show you just how easy it is. Let’s start from the outside and work our way in, shall we?
First, Focus on Your Curb Appeal
The first thing any potential buyer is going to notice first is the way your house looks from the outside. This is what is going to determine whether or not most people even want to give the inside of the home a chance. The best thing you can do when trying to spice up your home’s curb appeal is start with the basics. Make sure your lawn is properly mowed and clean. You don’t want to have anything lying around; this means children’s toys, tools and anything else that throws off the ‘picture perfect’ vibe you are trying to create for visitors.
Walk through your property and get rid of any dead branches or leaves and maintain your garden as well. Not have a garden? Adding a few flowers here and there can really add something special to your home. If you want to keep your gardening to a minimum, focus on the area around your mailbox or close to your front door or porch. You want the very front of your home to be warm and inviting and may want to even consider repainting your front door to a fun color such as red.
Take some time to clean your roof, gutters and the sides of your home. Typically, this is something people go years without doing and once you are done, years of dirt and grime will disappear; making your home look like new.
Lighting is also a very important aspect of any home. Let’s say someone decides to drop by during the evening hours. Even then you want your home to seem welcoming. Your walkway and front porch area should be well lit so people can easily see where they are going, even in the dark.
Clean and Repair
Now that the outside is looking great, it’s time to focus on the inside of your home. You are going to want to clean everything that you possibly can. Get rid of dust and mold that may have accumulated in throughout your home. Deep clean the carpets, floors and everything in between. As you go through your home, pay special attention to things that need to be repaired. Have a leaky faucet? Get that out of the way. Even the littlest repairs make a huge difference because buyers do not want to have to fix those kinds of things themselves. It sets a negative tone for your house as a whole, even if the problems are very minor and only take a few moments to change.
Create More Space and Depersonalize
When selling a home, you want to create more space so your potential buyers can get a better idea of exactly how much space they have to work with. You basically want the home to look as though no one lives there and that having a new person move in would be quick and easy. People want to walk into a new home and connect with it, feeling as though they could move in this very instant and make that space their own. This is why removing any personal items from the home is extremely important. You really don’t want to have family photos hung up and school projects made by your children. Anything you can do in order to make the home look as neutral as possible is a plus.
Remember, everything you do counts. Even the smallest changes can go a long way. Consider this: if you left out a simple step such as cleaning your carpets and they were full of dirt, animal hair and dust, the overall feel of your home would drastically be changed. A clean and beautifully up kept home is a happy home and a happy home means happy potential buyers.
Chuck works with a company specializing in installation of double glazing windows and he loves to write posts related to home improvement, energy efficient homes etc.