When you’re selling your home, there are a thousand things going through your mind. Something that you wouldn’t want to ignore is that the house should be in tip-top shape.
When potential buyers enter, they look for detail. All the nuances you’ve come used to seeing or don’t even see anymore will stick out like a sore thumb to the potential buyers. Before you open the door, it is advised to get your house in order. Here are 7 things that you can do to freshen up your house and make it show-ready.
No one likes a dirty house.
Everyone knows how to tidy up after themselves and do the dishes; you can do even better. Examine the entire home and clean all the windows, window sills, underneath appliances, latex painted walls and other areas that you don’t think about often.
The front door is the first impression.
It is the first impression people will experience on their way into the home. Look for any damaged paint that you could touch up as well as dirty sidewalks and cobwebs in the corners. Is all the hardware up to date and up to code? Once you’ve got a good start on the front door area, you can polish the look by starting a gardening project or decorating the area with a welcome mat, sculptures, or a wreath on the door.
Natural light makes a room feel brighter and bigger.
Opening the curtains to let some sun in will give a more positive ambiance and open feeling to them. One thing to make sure to do is clean the windows otherwise they may end up looking worse.
Make sure your lightbulbs are lit.
It may not seem like a big deal to you but having burnt bulbs can look negligent and will make potential buyers think “what else is wrong?”. It is a simple fix that will only cost you a few bucks per bulb and will reward you in the long run. If you must go out and buy more bulbs, make sure you buy the same color bulb. Most lightbulbs will be in a range from a yellow tint to a more blue or white tint.
Touch up the paint.
If the paint looks clean, then the room will also look clean. You don’t have to repaint the entire room, though. All you have to do is touch up some of the marks and dents with the same color paint. After that you might want to wash the walls with just some soapy water. This will make the house look very clean and polished.
Keep the space open.
No one wants to feel cramped in any room. A well-furnished house looks much more like a home than a cluster of empty rooms, but empty rooms also look like the previous owners were in a rush to move out. One more thing to keep in mind is to hide away all personal photos and other items that make it your house and not their house.
Use your nose.
Nobody wants a smelly home, but it may be difficult to determine whether your house is or not. The best thing you can do is assume that it’s below average and do whatever you can to make it smell great, but not oversaturated. You can buy odor-eliminating air fresheners for a few bucks and it will bring you a long way. Also try not to have a showing right after cooking a meal, as you will lose potential buyers.