We talked last month about things to do to get your home ready for the spring market. At dinner the other night, a friend mentioned she found the suggestions helpful even though she wasn’t thinking about selling her home anytime soon.
Of course, I loved hearing that. She said it caused her to look around her house and yard to be sure she was keeping up with maintenance and staying on top of how her place looked to others when they came over.
We also talked about not waiting to do things until you are ready to move.
Why let the new buyers be the only ones to enjoy that fresh coat of paint, that non-squeaky screen door, or the beautiful new bushes out front.
Here are ten tips for sprucing up your home for a quick sale. Yes, some of these ideas may seem rather obvious, but you would be surprised what we see when viewing houses.
10 Tips to Spruce Up Your House This Spring
- Be sure all light bulbs are working and that you are using bulbs that are at the maximum wattage allowed for the fixture. Whenever you have a showing be sure all the light are on. Buyers like bright and airy.
- Check your shower curtain and liner. Are they looking a little dingy, dirty or dull? Pick up a new set as well as a couple of matching towels. It will help give your bathroom a fresh, new look.
- While we are in the bathroom you will want to check the grout lines, especially in the shower. Be sure any dirty or moldy spots are well cleaned.
- Heading into the bedroom give a critical eye to the bedding. Could it use updating? Would a few colored pillows help or should you replace the bedspread? You want the master bedroom to look like a warm and welcome retreat. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to accomplish that. If you go with a solid colored, inexpensive spread you can add interest and color with the pillows and maybe a throw at the foot of the bed.
- Can’t leave the bedroom without mentioning the closets. Be sure they are neat and organized. You want the buyer to walk away feeling like there is plenty of storage space and we can’t accomplish that if things are crammed in or messy.
- Kids’ rooms can certainly look like kids’ rooms and that includes toys being out. However, be sure they are neat and organized – if only for the few minutes you are showing the house.
- Remove all small appliances from the kitchen counter. I know that is a pain, but it all comes down to the clutter factor. Pretend you are the Stager, and look critically at all counter, and table top surfaces. A few decorative items is all you get!!
- Be sure all blinds and shades are in good working order. Also be sure that they are all open for any showings.
- Be sure all doors and windows open and close easily. Nothing is worse than a buyer trying to open the back door and they struggle to get it to budge. Makes them wonder what other maintenance item have been neglected.
- The next time you enter your home after having been gone awhile check for odors. If it is just the spicy meatballs you cooked last night, no problem. However, pet odors, smoke, or lingering carpet smells can turn a buyer off quickly. Try to solve the problem not just mask it. Air the house out, clean the carpets, and repaint if necessary. This will pay dividends in the long run.
Those are just a few of our suggestions. You can a find more complete list here, actually 112 more tips to be exact 🙂
Read our full line up of home selling tips here.