by Brian Burke
on Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 8:15am.
Whether youre selling your home independently or working through a real estate agent, it is important to carefully prepare your house before showing it to prospective buyers. Taking the proper steps to stage your home and make it as aesthetically appealing as possible can allow you to start out with a higher asking price, and it will also increase the chances of finding interested buyers sooner rather than later.
As any real estate agent will assure you, one of the most important steps in getting your house ready to sell is making sure it is as bright and welcoming as possible. If your house has a lot of windows, make sure that the drapes or curtains are open to let in as much natural light as possible as this will throw all of the furniture, carpeting and wall hangings into their most flattering relief. Additionally, make sure all of the lamps and overhead lights are equipped with high-wattage bulbs and dont hesitate to turn everything on when you have a showing scheduled.
Open Up Space
In addition to amping up the brightness of your home, its also essential to open up the space. In addition to putting toys and clothes in their proper places, try to eliminate any knick-knacks that may be lying around to create a more streamlined and minimalized look. While you want the house to be welcoming, you also want to allow prospective buyers to envision themselves living in the house as well. This can be difficult to do if its too crowded with your own personalized belongings.
Clean Everything Thoroughly
Cleaning your home to prepare for an open house or individual showing does not just mean picking up miscellaneous items on the floor. Rather, its important to conduct a deep cleaning of all visible areas of the house. This means mopping, waxing and polishing wood floors, scrubbing kitchen surfaces until they shine and dusting all of those nooks and crannies that you usually overlook. Wash the windows, vacuum the carpets and make sure that all of the beds are made up with clean linens.
Many people are understandably hesitant to pour money into a house they are about to sell. After all, why fix up a place youre about to leave? However, do not underestimate the added value that fixing minor damages will lend to your house. Hiring a plumber to unclog drains or fix faulty toilets, calling an electrician to address some faulty wiring or ripping up old and stained carpeting can allow you to set a higher asking price on your home.
Finally, dont forget about the exterior of the home: make sure the lawn is well manicured, that any porch or patio areas are clean and organized and that any necessary repairs (such as paint touch-ups and gutter cleanings) have been completed. To ensure your house is in top shape before putting it on the market, its also advisable to get a second opinion from a real estate agent as they will be able to immediately spot anything that needs further attention.
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