Preparing a home to be shown to potential buyers is part of every home sale, yet so often, owners and even some agents miss the mark. First impressions are everything, but not every seller has the benefit of professional cleaning crews and home stagers. If you’re still living in your residence while trying to sell, keeping it show-ready can be daunting. Here are a few helpful hints when it comes to showing and staging your home to sell.
Step 1: Depersonalize
The first thing to do is to depersonalize your home, both physically and mentally. This may be harder for some than for others, but the quicker you take this step, the easier it will be to not only stage your home, but to say goodbye once you have sold it. Remember that it’s hard to move forward if you’re always looking back. Take all personal items off the walls and counters (i.e. family photos, personal knick-knacks, family heirlooms, etc.). Buyers should be able to picture themselves living in the house and imagine the touches they would add to make it their own.
Step 2: Fix It Up
Now is the time to make all the minor repairs you’ve been putting off. Small imperfections can give the impression that the home has not been well-kept, and potential buyers may wonder what they’re not seeing beneath the surface. These are the things that savvy buyers look for as potential red flags, and even if there’s no merit to these fears, they can have an impact on the overall impression of the home. Here is a quick list of things to do:
Replace burnt out light bulbs inside and out
Replace worn rugs or cracks in any hard surface floors or tiles
Fix any leaky faucets, squeaky doors, and jammed cabinets
Paint interior walls with earth tones or neutral colors
Step 3: Make it Shine
Giving your home a ‘deep clean’will go a long way toward making it more presentable. Like those pesky little repair tasks, the overall cleanliness of your home is an indication to a buyer of how it’s been maintained. The last thing you want is water spots on your sink faucet or mildew in your shower to deter a potential buyer. Here are a few tips for a deep clean:
- Clean your house inside and out as though you have company coming to stay for a week.
- Use a pressure washer to clean the sidewalk, walkway, and house exterior
- A clean smell and fresh air go a long way;air out any area of the house that has a musty odor
- Scrub and re-caulk your bathtub and sinks and polish any chrome fixtures
- Buyers will be nosey, so clean the refrigerator and organize your cabinets and closets
- Wash your windows on the inside and out
- Wax your hardwood floors and vacuum your carpets consistently
- Make sure all linens are fresh and clean
These quick tips will help you get your home well on its way to being show-ready.