Every homeowner wants a quick sale when they decide to put their home on the market. But the reality to make this happen you need a lot more than just luck. It involves careful preparation and understanding how to prepare your home so it looks as enticing as possible. That way you just might encourage would be purchasers to make an offer.

Disassociate Yourself From Your House

Moving away from the place you call home can be tough. Perhaps you’ve lived there for a long period of time, and now you have a lot of great memories of your time there. To remove yourself from your home mentally, you need to understand that without you or your family in it, the house is simply a shell that other occupants will eventually turn into their own home. Now you need to look forward to the future, where you can make new memories in your next house.

Depersonalize Your House

Hide away your photographs, and other personal objects and clutter that you think might distract prospective purchasers and prevent a possible sale. You want to present potential buyers with an impersonal, clean and tidy environment so they can picture themselves living in that home when it has been decorated with their own belonging. When you depersonalize your home, it makes the visualization process of possible purchasers that much easier and they don’t have to look past items that they find distracting or simply not to their liking.

When it comes to furniture, just leave understated pieces that don’t distract and won’t leave a negative impression.

Declutter Your House

Homeowners tend to collect a huge amount of items over the years. Even when they haven’t been used for years, owners justify keeping those items by telling themselves that they’ll find a use for them in the future, or perhaps they’ll sell them at some point. But the reality is, if you haven’t use the item in over a year, then it means you really have no use for them and should consider getting rid of them as soon as possible. A lot of people with an emotional attachment will often move clutter from their old home to their new one, and still not use it after they’ve moved into their new home.

You can always dispose of products and help others by donating them to a charity or an organization such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Also keep in mind that these items are tax-deductible. So you’ll be helping yourself, as well as helping others. If you can’t find an organization to take these unneeded items, call your town ask when the items can be picked up as bulk trash. Many towns arrange this service a few times per month.

Still on the subject of decluttering, Likewise, get rid of books from bookcases and other items that don’t need to be there, and clean everything off your kitchen countertops. Essential products that you use daily can be hidden in cupboards, or placed inside boxes and put in the garage until the prospective buyer has left. 

Organize Bedroom Closets

Purchasers will wonder about storage space and will wish likely look inside closets and cabinets. It’s crucial to make sure these are organized, as it want to send a message that you have more than ample storage space. If you items of clothing falling out or lying on the floor that can send an unfavorable message and tell the prospective buyer that storage space is severely limited..

In addition, when a buyer sees everything organized and everything is neatly in place, it shows that you take care of your possessions and most likely took good care of the house too.

Think About Renting a Storage Unit

Most homes shows much better with less furniture. Eliminate pieces that obstruct or hamper pathways and put them into storage, in addition to old and worn furnishings, and empty bookcases.

Only leave furniture needed to showcase the room’s function ensuring you leave lots of room for buyers to walk around.

Remove Items That You Won’t Be Leaving Behind

If you intend on taking certain curtains or blinds, built-in home appliances, or light fittings with you with you, remove them prior to showing your house. If the chandelier in the dining-room once belonged to your great-grandmother, make sure to take it down before a buyer sees it and asks if it be included in the sale. Allowing a would be purchaser to see these items and see that they enhance the room, can have a negative effect if they ask you to leave those items behind and you refuse.

Make Minor Repairs

In a seller’s markets, you might get away with selling a home that is in lived-in condition without too many problems. In typical markets or a buyer’s market, items in disrepair can be a dealbreaker to some buyers.

Fix or replace damaged flooring and countertops and definitely fix any holes in the walls. Repair dripping faucets and drawers and doors that won’t close properly. Think about painting walls neutral colors, especially if they’re obscure color that you previously chose. Don’t let prospective buyers leave your home remembering yours was the one with the bright orange bathroom.

Replace burned-out light bulbs and make sure any fittings with multiple lights have matching bulbs. Leave as good an impression as possible.

Make Your Home Gleam

If you don’t have the time to thoroughly clean your home yourself, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaner to do a thorough spring clean. Cleaning should include cleaning the windows, both inside and out; pressure washing the driveway and exterior of the home. If you having aerial photographs taken, don’t forget to get the roof cleaned if it is currently filthy. Re-caulk around your tubs, showers, and sinks, and polishing chrome faucets and mirrors. Remove all of the dust from the top of and under the furnishings, in the cabinets and closets.

Once your home has been spruced up, try to keep that way as best as possibly by vacuuming daily, regular washing floor tiles, dusting furniture, and keeping the restrooms and kitchen in pristine condition. Before a viewing, hang up fresh decorative guest towels (and put them away straight after the viewing). And a big piece of advice here, always keep the toilet lid closed when the house is being viewed.

The evening before a viewing, it might be best to stay away from cooking meals that leave a lingering odor, e.g. fish, cabbage, and other spicy foods. These smells can stick around the day after and put negative thoughts into potential buyers as soon as they walk through the door. Also, if you have pets, deodorize and of the places that your pet may spend a lot of its time. e.g. it’s bed, your cat’s litter box, etc.

Make a Great First Impression By Sprucing Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home

A potential sale can be lost rapidly if a potential purchaser immediately forms a negative opinion of your home, even before they step out of the car.  Make the exterior more welcoming and attractive by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint if it looks dingy and peeling. Place one or two flower pots by the door to add some color. If your front lawn is patchy and bare, then consider hiring a landscaper to green up your lawn and perhaps add some shrubs or flowering plants. As mentioned before, make sure your driveway is clean and clean your mailbox.

Final Steps

Once you think everything is done, go back inside your house, go into each room one by one and put yourself in the place of possible buyers. Take a look at how everything is set up and how visually appealing everything is. What type of impression do you think the room will give. If you see something amiss, then take care of it before allowing potential homebuyers into your house.