Nothing pays more to the sellers of a house quite like elbow grease. Good housekeeping and repair, spaciousness, and pleasant aromas bring top dollar and fast sales. If you’re planning to put your home on the market, you want your property to look its best. Here are seven low cost, high impact ways to prepare your home for the spring market:
1. SPRUCE UP THE OUTSIDE. Make the front entry bright and cheery with colorful potted plants and flowers. Trim shrubs, pull weeds, add new mulch, mow the lawn, restain the deck, and remove any grease stains on the driveway. Touch up peeling paint on the house and exterior doors, especially where the buyers enter.
2. PAINT WHERE NEEDED. Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more appealing to a potential buyer. Loud colored rooms should be neutralized. Touch up paint in the areas that need it. The less painting a buyer feels like they need to do, the better.
3. ORGANIZE ROOMS AND CLOSETS. Get rid of items you don’t need and organize the items you do need. Don’t forget the garage and storage rooms. Fewer items in these areas will make the space feel bigger.
4. MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL SPACIOUS. Rearranging furniture can be one of the easiest ways to make your home feel larger and more marketable. Create an easy traffic flow. The less furniture and stuff in a room, the bigger it feels to the new buyer.
5. LET THERE BE LIGHT. Open up drapes and blinds for photos and showings. Replace the light bulbs in your home with higher wattage bulbs and clean the fixtures and shades. Buyers appreciate light and feel more comfortable in areas that are well-lit.
6. MAKE YOUR HOME SMELL GOOD. Add subtle air fresheners that give off a clean smell, especially in bathrooms and areas with pet odors. Avoid potent flowery air fresheners that just cover up the smell. Open windows and air the house out when you can.
7. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN. This includes wiping down walls, light switches, light fixtures, windows, sinks, and tubs. Detail the floors and baseboards. Get the carpets professionally cleaned if needed. There’s no substitute.