When you decide to sell your home, there are plenty of things to do to get ready. You’ll want to make the property attractive and appealing to potential buyers who come for a tour. Here are some tips to help you prepare your house to sell.
If you take steps to get the property ready and looking its best, you’ll feel confident about selling the home quickly and for the asking price.
Assess the Property to Prepare Your House to Sell
Walk around your house and look at it with a critical eye. Be honest about what is outdated, needs repairing, and how clean the home is. Try to think of what prospective buyers will see when they look at your property. Make a to-do list of things to take care of before putting the home on the market.
Even if you don’t see any obvious problems, hire a professional to perform a home inspection. The inspector will assess every area of the house and provide you with an inspection report detailing the findings. This is good information to have as you move forward with the sale of your property.
Make Repairs to Prepare Your House to Sell
There’s always something in a house that needs repairing, and chances are good that an attentive buyer will notice. If there are repairs you can tackle on your own, you’ll save money. Just make sure it’s done well, otherwise hire a professional to complete any repairs around the home.
Boost Curb Appeal
The outside of your house is the first thing the buyer will see and it should look neat and well-kept. Make sure the landscaping is tidy and attractive. The exterior of the home should look clean and well-maintained. Pressure-washing the siding will make a huge difference. While you have the pressure washer out, clean the sidewalks and driveway to remove leaf litter and stains and improve curb appeal.
Declutter the House to Prepare for a Sale
Try to get your belongings packed, and move as much out of the house and into storage as possible. You want a minimalist look for showing the home. A lack of clutter makes the living areas appear bigger which is more appealing to a potential buyer.
Resist the urge to cram everything into closets. Buyers want to see how much closet space the home has. They will be opening doors and looking at the storage areas.
Clean the Home
Now that you’ve gotten clutter out of the way, it’s time to clean. Thoroughly clean the entire home, but take special care with bathrooms and the kitchen. Have a professional steam clean the carpets and rugs. If you don’t have the time to deep clean the house, hire a company to do the job for you.
Paint to Improve Visual Appeal
Painting the interior walls a neutral color is a great way to freshen up the appearance of your house. It’s also a good idea if you had bright, vibrant colors on the walls. The colors you enjoyed may not be appealing to potential buyers and a neutral palette will make the home more attractive to more people.
Prepare Your House to Sell by Staging the Living Spaces
It’s beneficial to use a staging company to prepare your house to sell. They have furniture and accessories that will give the house a finished and clean look that appeals to most people.
If you’re planning to list your home for sale, make updates and improvements to get it ready for the housing market. An attractive and cared-for house will attract plenty of buyers and fair offers.
MN Pro Home Inspections provides inspection services in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment.