Prepping Your Home for Sale
Prepping your home for sale is very inportant to obtain both maximum value and a fast sale. Helping buyers fall in love with your property takes more than running the vacuum and fluffing the pillows: It’s all about decluttering, repairing, updating, and depersonalizing.
Follow these tips when preparing your home for sale:
- Stage each living area to help potential buyers imagine living in that space.
- Keep all rooms clean, including children rooms.
- Remove clutter and extra furniture to help the space feel clean and larger.
Throughout the House:
- Declutter! Consider it pre-packing for your move. Box up books, clothes, and personal items and place them (neatly!) in the garage or — better yet — a rented storage unit.
- Don’t forget to include memorabilia in those decluttering bins. Family photos, diplomas, and the kids’ artwork should all go.
- Keep closets, basements, and attics as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of storage space.
- Transform underused areas of the house — the alcove under the stairs or the end of a hallway — into functional spots. Add a desk to create a mini office, or a chair and small bookshelf for a reading nook.
- Swap dim lights for high-wattage bulbs.
- Check every door, drawer, and cabinet to ensure they open and close easily. Swap out any faulty — or dingy — hardware.
- Damaged or aging hardwood floors? Replace damaged boards with new wood, sand down the entire floor, and re-stain.
- Do a deep (deep, deep) clean. Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home from top to bottom — including carpets — before viewings.
For Pet Owners:
- Scrub those pet stains on the carpets and rugs until totally gone or replace them if necessary. Try cleaning formulas made especially for pet odors.
- Pet odors soak into your best friend’s favorite things. Completely remove pet beds (or Fido’s most-loved couch), blankets, toys, play structures, food bowls, and the like.
- Use air fresheners that eliminate odors, rather than simply mask them. There’s nothing worse than the smell of artificial pine with kitty litter undertones.
- Repair or remove any furniture that’s been scratched or gnawed on.
- Clean all pet “presents” from the yard.
- Keep cat boxes immaculate and hidden away, or — better yet — see how your feline-loving friends feel about a temporary houseguest and remove litter boxes altogether.
- Remove any dog or cat doors. Pets? What pets?
- When you leave the house for a viewing, take all the furry (or feathery or scaly) residents along with you.
- Make a pet hair sweep the last thing you do before you leave the house.
Day of Showing:
- Add a seasonal touch. Simmer cinnamon sticks in the fall and set out fresh cut lilacs in the spring.
- Tidy like you’ve never tidied before.
- Avoid cooking any food for your own meals, but do bake some cookies or other baked goods to leave a welcoming aroma behind.
- Take off. After all that staging work, you deserve a trip to the spa while potential home buyers are busy falling in love with your house.
Prepping your home for a fast successful sale is just a portion of the big picture with the marketing of your home. Aggressive, hard working Realtors® like the Dobbins Team can make your sale a breeze. Contact us today 623.826.6936.