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How to “prepare your house for sale”

From experience, I know that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can’t see has probably also been well maintained. In “preparing your house for sale”, consider:

  • how much should you spend to “prepare your house for sale”?
  • exterior and curb appeal
  • interior appeal

How Much Should You Spend to “Prepare Your House for Sale”?

To prepare your house for sale, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal.

Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal

When “preparing your house for sale”, your first concern is the home’s exterior. If the outside, or “curb appeal” looks good, people will more than likely want to see what’s on the inside.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal to buyers:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered.
  • Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.
  • Be sure your front door area has a “Welcome” feeling.
  • Paint the front door.
  • In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.
  • Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.

Maximizing Interior Appeal

You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects – so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers:

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This  will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Pre-pack for a more spacious look.
  • Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters to make these areas more spacious.
  • Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
  • Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Buy showy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out for showings.
  • Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing new curtains and cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
  • Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.

The biggest factor in making the interior of your home appealing is “Smell”.  Even though you have never met the buyers, you are preparing your home to become theirs.  More tips on How to prepare your house for sale.