If you are thinking of listing your home on the market or have a home currently for sale, take a minute to read through these simple tips to help make your home more appealing. Making your home stand out and feel clean and inviting can make a lasting impression on potential buyers.

1. Curb Appeal

Take the time to have the outside of your home appeal to a buyer, after all it is the first thing they will see when looking at your property. Lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or snow shoveled. Consider flowers or plants at the entrance, such as a hanging or potted plant. Sweep the porch, deck and all walk ways and ensure garbage is tucked neatly away from the front of the house.

Scrub your front door, porch, outside railings and steps. This is cheaper than repainting and makes a world of difference. Once the outside entrance is clean, decide if the paint really needs a touch up.

2. Clutter

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. To unclutter a home can seem overwhelming, so start with one closet or area at a time and focus on that until you are ready to move on. Look at every item with a very critical eye and ask yourself why you're keeping it.

You might even have to go through the same closets a few different times to really whittle them down to the "essentials". If rooms and closets still look cramped consider renting a storage locker.

3. Look with a critical eye

Walk down every hallway and every room and see where your eye is drawn. If you have a friend or family member that will look with a more critical eye, invite them over to help. If the eye is drawn to the chipped white paint on the door frame, take some paint and fill it in. If it's those old nail holes in the wall, see if you can hang a picture to cover them. You want a buyer to focus on the great space a room is, not a negative feature than could easily have been fixed.

4. Mr Fix-it

Check that all of your cupboard doors open and shut easily and that no taps are dripping. Look in all rooms for things you never got around to fixing and decide which ones might be distracting to potential buyers. If there’s a repair above your level of expertise, hire someone to take care of the problem before showings begin.

5. Clean, clean and clean some more.

Most people can’t live in a spotless home at all times, this can be one of the more stressful aspects of having your home on the market, but it's worth the effort to sell your home for top dollar. You can hire a professional to come in and deep clean everything, then take time every day to maintain it. If that isn’t an option for you, a family deep cleaning weekend is in order.

Take time to have the appliances sparkle even if you're not including them with the house. They may become a bargaining tool in a sell. Counter tops, taps, sinks and bathtubs should be shiny and free of water spots. Dust shelves and vacuum the floors. Naturally, all beds should be made. Remember clean windows let in more light and look newer.

If all this attention to detail seems over the top, remember that a very clean home leaves the impression that the house is well cared for. This helps put buyers at ease— especially a first time buyer who may be worried about the responsibilities of owning a house.

6. Let in some air.

If the weather permits, open some windows for at least 10 minutes. There is nothing worse than walking into a stuffy house or one that smells of smoke and pet odors.

7. Let in some light

It might be mood lighting to you, but if you're trying to sell your home, keep it bright! Dimly lit rooms tend to look small and dingy.  If you have a particularly dark room, consider investing in more lighting such as a lamp. If your walls are so dark that they're sucking up all the light, consider repainting.

These simple steps will make all the difference when you are preparing to sell your home. If you are wondering exactly what it would take to get your specific home ready to put on the market, take advantage of a free Comparable Market Analysis (CMA). Tony Stallings has the experience and knowledge to meet your real estate needs. A CMA allows him to take a look at your property and let you know what it could go for in the current market. He is a proactive agent that can help give you ideas on how to improve your property to get it ready to sell at top dollar. Contact Tony by phone, text or email to start the process of preparing your property.


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