10 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell


By: Stephanie Peterson

Taking the right steps to prepare your home before it is marketed can help your home sell quickly and maximize your return.  Here are some tips that will help buyers get a great first impression of your home:

  1. Go through every room of your house and clean up any clutter.  Make sure closets and drawers are organized.  Clutter will make the rooms in your house seem smaller and could turn potential buyers away.

  2. Clean your windows on the inside and out.  Leave your shades open when people are viewing the house.  Most buyers like brighter more cheerful homes.

  3. Remove as many family photos as possible that are displayed within your house.  Buyers want to imagine themselves living there and too much personalization could distract them.

  4. Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are spotless.  Clean inside of your microwave and oven.  Make sure all bathtubs, toilets, and sinks are cleaned.

  5. Make small repairs suck as repairing broken screens, patching up holes in the walls, replacing broken tiles, and fixing leaky faucets.

  6. Rearrange some of the furniture in your house to make rooms look bigger and more inviting.

  7. Replace any burnt out light bulbs.

  8. Add to the curb appeal to your house by keeping the lawn trimmed and planting some fresh flowers.  Curb appeal is the first impression potential buyer’s get of your house.

  9. Neutralize the colors of your house, as it is more appealing to most buyers.

  10.  Air out your home and deodorize it!  Try to remove any pet smells and cooking odors.  Use light scented air fresheners to give your home a clean fresh smell.  Stay away from strong scented deodorizers, as some people may be sensitive to their smell.  Bake fresh cookies prior to an open house or showing.

If you are looking to buy or sell in Southern California, I would love to assist you!



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