10 Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale
Improve your landscaping. A first impression is critical and you only get one chance at this. Make sure your home's yard is in tip-top shape - mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant colorful flowers.
Clean the outside. Goes back to the first impression. Buyers see a sloppy exterior what do you think is their impression of what the interior will be? Wash siding/stucco, clean windows, gutters, etc.
Make repairs. Fix everyday items that are broken or not functioning properly – leaky faucet or running toilet. I always recommend doing pre-sale inspections for the big items as well. Whether or not you decide to fix is up to you but you can price accordingly.
Make the front door “pop”. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers and shutters so buyers can see them from the curb.
Buy a new welcome mat. It’s a simple, clean and inexpensive way to welcome prospective buyers.
Remove clutter and depersonalize. This is not about selling you and your stuff. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Rent a storage unit or one of those portable pods that you fill and companies risk up and store in their warehouse. Load these up with the extra furniture, personal décor, photos, and other personal items.
Organize & thin out closets and drawers. Clean closets give the impression of a neat and orderly owner. This can also give the feel of closets being larger than they are.
Make every surface shine. This is a little “elbow grease” on your part but don’t miss anything – light fixtures, windowsills, ceiling fans, baseboards etc.
Tone down any crazy colors. Neutral colors are welcoming to most buyers. Should a buyer like wild colors, they will most likely be expecting to paint themselves.
Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers. At open houses I like to bake a batch of cookies for the smell.