The spring housing market is quickly approaching. If you are considering listing your home this spring, use these tips to get your home in tip-top shape.
Create a great first impression by making sure your lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden, plant flowers and place fresh pinestraw or mulch in the beds. Pressure wash exterior surfaces such as siding, stone patios, walls and walkways. Clean gutters, windows and screens. Make any known repairs to cracked windows or leaky roof.
Prepping the Interior:
Helping buyers envision themselves and their belongings in your home is a key component to successful real estate sales. Renting a storage unit so you can pack up knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items is often the best method we use to prepare your home for sale. Filled to the brim closets and drawers should also be cleaned out. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space. Removing clutter and depersonalizing the space is important.
Wash all bedding including mattress covers, sheets, comforters and blankets. People don't realize that they sweat when they sleep. Walking into a home where you can smell dirty bedding is an immediate turnoff and makes potential buyers want to exit a room as quickly as they entered.
Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. This neutral palette will not only open up the space and make rooms appear larger, but it will also help potential buyers envision their furniture and belongings in the home. A popular white paint color is Benjamin Moore, Swiss Coffee OC-45.
Make every surface shine. From banisters baseboards and floors, to ceiling fans and draperies. Clean your home until it sparkles!
Eliminate bad odors. Odors are extremely offensive to people. When showing the home, fill it with inviting natural smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies. Strongly scented candles, air fresheners and sprays can be just as offensive as smoke and litter box smells, so don't just cover one smell with another. Remove the source of the smell and neutralize the residual odor.