A hot housing market can make it easier to sell your home because you’ll have plenty of buyers wanting to get in on a limited supply. But you’ll also be competing against many sellers who decide to put their properties on the market. You can make your residence stand out with these easy prep tips to make your offering more desirable.
Clear the Landscaping
Beautiful landscaping frames your home and makes buyers want to go inside to see what else in your house is pleasing. Be sure to mow the lawn, trim bushes and shrubs, prune the trees, and, depending on the season, plant colorful annuals. Remove any items that don’t belong on your lawn such as pet accessories or children’s toys.
Because buyers like to move into homes that are well-maintained, nothing disheartens them more than to see things in need of repair such as a leaking faucet, a burnt-out light bulb, or a crack in the wall. They typically will over-estimate the cost of a fix, which they’ll then deduct from any offering price. What’s more, visible problems make buyers wonder if the home contains any hidden problems.
Walk around the inside and outside your home like a buyer seeing it for the first time and make a note of any problems. Categorize them as ones you can fix yourself, can ask a friend to take care of, or will require professional help. Be sure to address hidden problems as well because these will be discovered and reported on by a home inspector.
One of the simplest ways to make your interior spaces look bigger than they are is to declutter them. Clutter is classified as anything that either doesn’t belong in a room or serves no function while it’s there. Such objects may be obvious such as clothes piles on the floor or toys on the stairs. Or they may consist of things that you prize such as a collection of flower plates or a shelf full of framed family photos.
When in doubt, take it out. Remember that your goal is not to express your personality in your home but rather to make buyers see themselves owning it. And they can only do that if the spaces are open and uncluttered.
A dirty home may not only be unhealthful but makes your interiors look worn. Because debris absorbs light, they make your rooms look darker and smaller than it really is. Give each room a thorough cleaning, which includes not just dusting and vacuuming but scrubbing stains and dirt from walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture. Sparkling surfaces reflect light, making rooms look brighter and newer.
You’ll now need a way to get rid of all the dirt, repair debris, and unwanted clutter. The quickest and most efficient method is to rent a dumpster that you can fill. It can then be removed just before the open house.
Need help decluttering your home for a sale? Give us a call at Debris Box to learn all about our dumpster options.