10 Tips For Preparing Your Home For Sale
Most people know that putting a home up for sale requires some work. But should you completely declutter or still make the home seem lived in- Toni House, a Realtor® with Remax Professional in Baton Rouge, LA offers a solid list of her 10 tips for getting your home ready to wow potential buyers:
Sellers: Here are a few tips to getting your home ready to sell! As an experienced Realtor, here are ten things that I've noticed a seller can do to get a home ready to sell.
Clean up to shiny perfection and make sure your home smells clean! (You can put a little bit of Lysol in water in the kitchen sink before each showing to give the home a fresh clean smell. Just make sure you drain the sink before the buyers arrive!)
No clutter on the floors, even the floors of the closets. Clutter will make a room appear to be smaller than it actually is.
Straighten bookcases and dust between the books. Straighten closets and hang each item neatly.
Organize your pantry, line or clean the shelves, and straighten the laundry room.
Make sure you have a good choice of paint colors throughout your home. (Do not paint your home white on all walls). It will give you home an "institutional look". A blend of whites, beige's, tans, grays, is what the eyes of buyers prefer.
Do not remove your framed photos. Leave them on the bookcases and tables as it gives a cozy family feeling. Think how you feel when you look a smiling faces in a frame. The exception would be if you had a hallway with photos lined up and down the walls. If you do, remove all of them, and putty and paint the nail holes and the walls.
Toys. Leave some of your children's favorites out along with their books. Make the beds everyday.
Bathrooms, this is huge! They have to be spotless. No toys in bathtubs, or towels on the floor. Clean and smelling fresh. Toilets - no rings
Yard. For some reason, homes having yellow or red flowers in pots or near the front porch seem to sell faster. Make sure yard is always manicured as this is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. The outside appearance is the gate of approval or disapproval.
Create a good patio space for entertaining. Make sure to clean patio furniture and have fresh flowers in each pot.
As a helpful hint: I used to buy clothes hampers (plastic) to give young families for each room. Anytime they were leaving for the day (work/school ) or at home relaxing, and that exciting phone call came asking for a showing appointment, the items on the floor go into the hampers, and the hampers and the family go to the car. Simple fix. Take the clutter with you and leave none of it behind! No one with children can live very long on edge in a perfect house waiting on a showing. They would kill each other. Be smart and be prepared ahead of time!