If you are planning on selling your home, of course you want to sell it for top dollar and get the most from it! In order to do that, set yourself up for success! Fix the repairs that need to be fixed and stage the home so it appeals to most or all buyers!
You will want your home to be clean. Not just surface clean, but deep cleaned! Your floors should be cleaned. If you have carpets, you should have them cleaned professionally. Tile grout in your kitchen or bathroom should be cleaned. If the grout is worn and stained, it would be a good idea to re-grout. This is fairly inexpensive and will really give your tile a fresh, clean look! Once you have done the initial deep cleaning of your home, keeping up on it is important. If you don't have time to keep it cleaned yourself weekly while it is on the market, hire a cleaning service to come in weekly. A clean home is sure to sell quicker than a dirty one!
You want your potential buyers to visualize themselves living in your home. You need to declutter! Remove objects that others may not be able to identify with, meaning you should remove family photos, any keepsakes you have or political and religious items. Take down photos that are hanging on walls and instead hang a piece of art on them or leave them empty so buyers can envision what they would put there.
A fresh coat of paint can also help sell your home. If you don't want to spend the money repainting every room, just touch up any dings or scuffs. Repainting your home can help sell it, but if you are short on money or trying to save somewhere, this would be one place to cut back. Home buyers like to personalize their homes, paint color is one of the first things a home buyer will do. So the money you put towards repainting may not give you the most return.
Tune up your squeaky windows or doors. It's important to maintain and repair your doors and windows when preparing to sell your home. Fix the squeaks, cracked panes, and chipping paint or torn weatherstripping. If the window or door is too far gone, consider replacing them. Buyers will really be drawn to the home if there are new windows and/or doors! Sutherlands can help with any replacement windows or doors.
Don't just stage the inside of your home, stage the exterior too! Buyers want to see curb appeal. Just a small investment in landscaping can bring you a much larger return on your home. Trim up any overgrown trees or shrubs and plant some bright, colorful flowers! Creating an outdoor living space can add even more value to your home.
Overall you want your home in tip top shape and looking its best at all times. Potential buyers may want to see your home at a moment's notice, so you should be ready! Weekly cleanings and storing personal items will help with this and make selling your home a success!