Selling your house is no small undertaking. Not only are you preparing to haul all your stuff across town or across the country, but you’re also preparing your house to sell. Obviously, you’d love to blitz the competition of other Redding homes for sale and get top dollar for it. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
Spruce up the Exterior
Make this your first step since the outside of your house creates a lasting first impression. Tackle the jungle of plants, shrubs, and weeds by your front door. Grab a can of paint and touch up the trim or front door. Sweep the porch and the walkway–be sure to clear all the cobwebs too. (You don’t want to scare off a potential buyer with your spider population.) You can also power wash your house, driveway, patio, and deck.
Get Rid of Clutter
This is your chance to organize your cupboards, closets, garage, and basement. How will a potential buyer be able to see the lovely built-in bookshelf if you have a stack of boxes in front of it? Clear the counters. Create a more spacious feel for your house by storing all extra items.
Haul out the Junk
Hold a garage sale, donate to a local charity or thrift store, or haul items to the junkyard. You’ll be happy to have a lighter moving truck and less strain on your back–not to mention a little extra cash.
Make the beds every day so you’re ready for a house showing at a moment’s notice. Give your house a thorough cleaning, then maintain the look with quick daily touch-ups. Clean your carpets and polish hardwood floors. Homes for sale look more buyable if they’re clean.
Take care of leaky faucets, ceiling or wall stains, or wobbly doorknobs. Little fixes can go a long way. If you’re really industrious, you can paint the walls a neutral color (not white) for a more appealing effect.
Get some honest feedback on your “eye for design.” Find a friend or family member who always has a fabulous looking home and ask for their suggestions. A well-placed vase of flowers or bowl of fruit does wonders for aesthetic appeal. Bake some chocolate chip cookies before an open house. This will disguise odors and create a mouthwatering appeal for your house and just might encourage a potential buyer to reach for his pocketbook. Strategically place softly scented candles. Open the window shades and curtains. (Make sure your windows are clean!) If your house is a bit cave-like, turn on a few lights. Especially turn on the lights around a special feature.
Kids & Pets
During a house showing, take the kids and indoor pets out with you. Have a quick exit plan ready–such as a bin where you can quickly throw toys, shoes, and coats that are cluttering the house.
With a little elbow grease, your house will take on the aura of a well-maintained, quality home and upstage the competition of other Redding homes for sale. Happy selling!