5 Tips for Preparing your Home for Sale

Selling your home can be a stressful time, but with some thought and a selling plan, the stress associated with the task can be minimized. It is essential the home be as attractive as possible to help catch the eye of a buyer to encourage them meet your price.

Let’s discuss five tips to consider when selling your home.

1. It’s all about Curb Appeal

Unless the home is rundown, it isn’t necessary to perform extensive renovations. If the home has received regular maintenance and repairs, the home and property should only require freshening up. The first thing a perspective buyer will notice is the upkeep of the home Bayrock. Check the siding for flaking paint, cracked or broken shingles or clapboards. Scrape and paint or replace as necessary. If the home has vinyl siding, consider power washing the siding to remove dirt and grime. If windows are cracked or broken, replace them and make sure the windows are clean. Gutters and downspouts need to be in place and functional and repaired or replaced if they are not. Make sure the gutters are clean and do not have leaves sticking out of them.

2. Updating the Interior

Most buyers are looking for a home in ready to move in condition. If the carpeting is old or worn consider replacing them. If carpets are covering hardwood floors, perhaps remove the carpets and refinish the hardwood. Replace outdated fixtures and perhaps add a fresh coat of paint to walls, woodwork and ceilings. If wallpaper is old, worn or pulling away from the wall, it will be a great time to remove and replace it. When painting, it is best to stick with neutral colors. A spectacularly painted purple room may look attractive, but the chances of it being compatible with a new owners color scheme and taste might be less than desirable.

3. Lighting

An important aspect of the interior of a home is the lighting. Fixtures should be somewhat modern, but they should always be clean. Dusty shades and glass globes that are dusty and covered with fingerprints will give the impression that the interior just might not be well cared for. Lighting that has dimmer switches offers the opportunity to set the level of light desired depending on the activity. Energy efficient lights are more desirable, as well as more practical than not.

4. De-Clutter, De-Clutter, De-Clutter

The spaciousness of a house will be better displayed if any clutter is eliminated. That means closets and cabinets, as well as rooms should not become dumping grounds for items that should be in the trash or recycle bin. A home without overflowing bookcases and shelves will look more efficient and fresh. It will give prospective buyers a better idea of how their furniture and belongings will look. Waste paper baskets should not be overflowing and the sink should not be filled with dishes. It is not a secret that homeowners have waste paper baskets full of refuse and dirty dishes in the sink, but it doesn’t help the appearance of the interior of the home to have it on display.

5. If you have a Cat or Dog

If you own a dog, thoroughly vacuum the carpets and furniture and sweep the floor. Pets are a wonderful thing, but pet hairs on the floor and furniture are not always an appealing sight. Tevfik Arif Bayrock Eating and drinking areas should always be clean and food free. If a cat has cat scratch fever and has applied it to the furniture or various parts of the house, buff out the scratches if possible or repair or replace damaged surfaces. Make sure the kitty litter box is fresh and clean, as such unwanted odors could send a buyer heading for the hills.

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