Preparing Your Home for a Quick Sale

Preparing Your Home for a Quick Sale
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    Here you will learn a number of ways you can sell a home quickly by:

    • doing minor renovations
    • removing clutter to make the home feel larger inside
    • cleaning it up
    • adding some extra finishing touches.

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No matter what the current housing market is like, properly preparing your home for sale will make it more attractive to potential buyers. Your home will receive more visits, sell faster and bring in better offers if you follow these suggestions:

Fix things up

It’s not usually worth it to do big renovations right before you sell; it’s very unlikely that you will even recoup your cost. However, doing minor repairs or small renovations will give buyers the impression that your home is move-in ready.

  • Fix anything that is broken.
  • Remove dingy caulking around bathtubs and taps and replace it.
  • If you are moderately handy, you can update your home quickly and inexpensively by installing new taps, door knobs and light fixtures, but only if your current ones are very dated.
  • If you have the time or are willing to pay someone else to do it, painting will give the house a fresh, clean look and give you a chance to repair any damage to drywall or mouldings. If you paint, choose a light, neutral color to make the house feel larger and appeal to as many buyers as possible.

Remove Clutter

Once you have fixed up the house, it is time to clear out as much of your stuff as possible. A house filled with clutter feels smaller, so remove what you can to create as much space as possible.

  • Box up seasonal items, hobby supplies, kids’ toys and seldom used kitchen wares and move them to the basement, garage or (if possible) an off-site storage space.
  • When you are boxing things up, try to remove as many personal items as possible. This includes family pictures, religious icons, and souvenirs. Removing these items helps prospective buyers imagine their own items in the space.

Clean, clean, clean!

When your house is fixed up and tidied up, it’s time to get it cleaned up.

  • Wash the floors and counters, but don’t forget to shampoo the carpets, wash the light fixtures, clean the windows, and dust the baseboards, even at the back of your closets.
  • When anyone comes to look at the house, give it a quick tidy and ensure it still looks sparkling by wiping down all the taps and mirrors.

Dress it up

To give your home the most appeal possible, give it a little extra charm before buyers visit.

  • Make sure all the windows have nice coverings, even if they’re inexpensive.
  • Consider how your home smells, and avoid cooking strong-smelling foods before a showing.
  • Consider using an air freshener or baking bread or a pie to make your home smell pleasant.
  • Dress up a counter with a fresh flower arrangement (but make sure there are no dead ones) or put a fruit bowl on the table.
  • You might also like to set the table with fashionable linens and dishes that make visitors think of the dinner parties they could enjoy there.

No matter what your home is like, it will sell faster if you make it look as appealing as possible to potential buyers. If you know anyone getting ready to move, help them by sharing this list!

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