If you’re planning to put your home on the market during the busy spring selling season, you’ll have plenty of company. Here are a few things you can do to make your home stand out from the crowd, appeal to more buyers and sell quickly.
Clear the clutter. Do you have a closet or two where you stuff rarely used items, or a room that’s hard to navigate because it’s packed with furniture? Take some time and clean things out to make your storage seem more expansive and your rooms look more spacious. To help potential buyers focus on your home instead of clutter, go through each room and decide which items to keep, donate, sell or toss.
Depersonalize. Buying a home is an emotional experience and prospective buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in yours. That’s hard for them to do if your walls, dressers, shelves and tables are covered with family photos, sports memorabilia and personal knickknacks. Removing these items will help buyers envision your space becoming theirs.
Make improvements. Let’s face it, every home has room for improvement. So, go through yours and think about what minor repairs and changes – such as replacing caulk or grout in bathrooms, updating old ceiling fans and light fixtures or changing doorknobs and switch plates – could make a big difference.
Time to clean. A sparkling clean home will give potential buyers the impression your house is well taken care of. That means deep-cleaning from top to bottom, including windows, window treatments, ceiling fans, countertops, cabinets, appliances, faucets, carpets and floors.
Repaint in neutral colors. While you may love bold, bright colors or be perfectly fine with builder-grade white or beige walls, they will turn off some buyers. To appeal to a broader audience, repaint your walls in warm neutral shades.
Focus on the exterior. Many people drive by a home and decide in seconds whether it’s worth seeing the inside. That’s why it’s so important to make your home’s exterior enticing. Here are a few simple ways to boost curb appeal: touch up paint or repaint if needed; pressure-wash the driveway, front walk and patios; clean out gutters; trim trees and shrubs; weed and freshen mulch and plant new flowers.