When you sell your home before a household move, your property needs to look as attractive as possible for buyers. By preparing the yard, cleaning from top to bottom, turning on all the lights, and making other accommodations, you can help ensure that your buyers will have a positive experience when they visit your home. This can help sell your house more quickly and may lead to a higher sale price.
1. Prepare the Yard
Your yard is the first thing that buyers see when they come upon your house for a showing. There are many ways to landscape when trying to sell your home. Some tips:
- Fertilize and water the lawn so the grass is healthy
- Plant colorful flowers (annuals are often easiest)
- Mulch around flower beds to give them a uniform appearance
- Remove any debris (sticks, toys, pet waste, etc.)
2. Give the Inside a Deep Clean
Preparing your home for potential buyers requires a thorough cleaning on the inside. Deep cleaning helps ensure buyers see your home in its best state. When you’re taking the time to deep clean, be sure to clean in the following areas:
- Walls, especially in high-touch, dusty locations and regions near the ceiling
- Cabinets, especially around handles
- Floors and baseboards (pay close attention to corners)
- Dust furniture and upholstery, paying close attention to the backs of chairs
- Clean windows
3. Write a Note, Set Out a Binder
Create a binder that highlights some of your favorite features in your home. Include information about the neighborhood, home history, or unique places you like to go in your community. This gives homebuyers something else to think about when deciding if your house is the right home for them. You can also write a note to buyers describing your favorite house features.
4. Leave Drinks
Make their visit pleasant by leaving a pitcher of lemonade with disposable cups on the counter. If the buyers are thirsty, this will quench their thirst and give them positive associations with your home specifically.
5. Turn On All the Lights
A dark house can be depressing and look smaller than it is. You can combat this problem by turning on all the lights. Take the time to replace burned-out light bulbs while you’re at it. Open curtains and sheers to give your home lots of natural light.
6. Freshen the Air
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers do a fantastic job of removing lingering strong, unusual odors in your home. If you want to really get rid of the odor in your home, try using an air purifier in conjunction with something else, like baking cookies or a diffuser.
Finally, remember to use air fresheners sparingly. Avoid having multiple scents competing for attention in different rooms. Instead, select one neutral, mild scent. Your home will flow and feel connected if there is a consistent scent throughout; let it set the scene for a positive experience.
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