So today I thought I’d come up with a great big list of things to do before you sell your house.
Preparing And Staging Your House For The Sale
Probably the first thing you’ll need to do when getting ready to put your house on the market is preparing the house to be shown in it’s best light. Making sure your house looks it’s best on the inside and outside is key to making the right first impression and making the sale.
So what are some things you can do inside the house to get ready to make sale?
- Clear the home of clutter: Do what you can to make the house as free of clutter as you can. If you have a lot of possessions, pack them up, and put them in a storage locker while you’re selling your home. Nothing says “this house is cramped” like a house full of things.
- Clear off counter surfaces: Clear everything off the kitchen and bathroom counters, as well as off of other horizontal surfaces where it makes sense. Less stuff makes it feel like there’s more available space to put things – and makes it feel more roomy.
- De-personalize the home: Remove personal photos of your family, and other personal touches around the home. Keep decorations and photos neutral. You want potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house, not to feel like a creepy voyeur!
- Fix obvious issues that need repair: If you have items that need obvious repair, take care of them before listing. For us that meant fixing some drywall that had peeling drywall tape, fixing a leaking faucet and patching up a few of small drywall holes.
- A fresh coat of paint: Paint rooms with non-neutral colors (that bright red kitchen?), or touch up paint in rooms where there are nicks and scrapes on the wall. Our house was already pretty neutral in color, but we still went around the house and touched up small marks,scrapes and nicks on the walls. Now the walls look brand new!
- Fresh caulking in bathrooms: Put fresh caulking on the the showers, tubs and around the sinks in your bathrooms and other areas that might be caulked.
- Update outdated or unsightly fixtures: If you live in an older house that looks a bit outdated you can update the look relatively inexpensively by putting in a few new faucets, light fixtures and other accessories.
- Replace outlet or light switch covers that are old/worn: Sometimes after years of use light fixtures and outlet covers get dirty, scraped up and ugly. Spend a few dollars and get new ones. They’ll only take a short time to replace and will make the outlets and switches look new!
- Replace or clean worn carpeting: If you have older carpeting that’s threadbare you might consider replacing it. If the carpet’s newer you might want to just get it cleaned to remove any stains or blemishes.
- Make sure to replace all burned out bulbs: Before your showing make sure that all the light bulbs are working to ensure there is adequate light in the house.
- Open shades/curtains to give the home a light and airy feel: Open the curtains and blinds to let in plenty of light when you sell. It will give the house a lighter and airier feel.
- Use scented plugins or bake cookies on the day of a showing: Before your showing bake some cookies, or plugin a scented air freshener to give the home a nice homey smell.
- Pack away un-needed clothes and accessories in closets: If your closets are jam packed full of clothes, pack away the ones you don’t need and put them in storage. The roomier you can make your closets look and feel the better!
- Oil squeaky doors and hinges: Go around the house and oil any squeaky doors and hinges. Squeaky hinges can make a house feel old.
There are also quite a few things you can do outside the home to make sure that it has great curb appeal.