Do you plan on selling your home this spring? The best way to ensure that your home gets the attention you want it to, is to make sure it is totally ready for when those buyers start looking at the local real estate market. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure your home is ready to get noticed, both inside and out. The more of these things you can get done, the better!
Start by Cleaning Up the Outside
Take a few minutes to check the outside of your home. Since it is spring, no one expects the outside to be perfect. This is especially true if you live in an area where it snows. However, taking the time to trim bushes, rake the yard if you can, and make sure that the landscaping is not covering walkways can go a long way towards making a great first impression. Taking this one step further by cleaning the front door, wiping down the mailbox, and making sure your front porch light works can make your entryway appear even more inviting.
Make the Outside Inviting, If You Can
If it is already warm where you are, then add some nice color to the outside of your home. Add a few small planters with some flowering bulbs or spring flowers. The little splashes of color make your visitors more able to picture themselves living at the house. You do not need to put a lot out there, just a few small planters or a nice window box near the entryway is enough. For those with winter weather, you can opt for fake flowers, or you can use small lights or decorations instead.
Shine All Glass Surfaces
Take the time to wash all of your windows, polish all of your mirrors, and dust off any reflective surface in your home. Windows that are difficult to see out of, or mirrors that are smudged give the impression that the house has not been maintained as well as it should have been. If something as simple as mirrors and dusting is not kept up with, what about the bigger parts of the house? Keep up with the small details because buyers notice these little details.
Dust Off Stationary Materials of Your Home
One area of the home that often gets overlooked is stationary materials within your home. Take the time to vacuum your stationary drapes and get the dust off of them. An even better option is that you can take them to the dry cleaners. Get them clean and fresh smelling. While most people will only look at them, someone who is seriously giving your home buying consideration will go up and move items like these around. Vacuum off any of your furniture that will be there during the open house or walk-through as well, for the same reason. The fresher the area smells and looks, the happier potential buyers will be.
Sharpen the Look of Any Room You Can
Taking $20 or $30 to update a room’s look is well worth it when it comes to making your home look and feel more inviting. Add a fresh coat of neutral colored paint, and make sure the flooring of the room is as clean and nice looking as you can make it. Get the carpet steam-cleaned if it hasn’t been done recently, or have your wood floors polished. Those simple changes can give your room a welcoming feel that invites potential buyers in.
Make Any Simple Repairs That Stand Out
You may have gotten used to not opening a window in that back room because there is a hole in the screen and you do not want bugs to come in, but a potential buyer does not know that. They are only going to see that you didn’t take care of a small detail. It takes a few minutes and very little money to replace a screen. Check all windows for these types of problems, and fix any you find.
The same goes with other areas of your home. If you are so used to the imperfections of your home that you don’t notice them, ask a close friend or family member to look at your home objectively and point out any issues it may have. Make a list of the things they point out, and fix the things you have the ability to fix. This way, it shows that you gave your home a lot of TLC while living there, which boosts buyer confidence in your home.
Having a real estate agent can also help you sell your home. They will point out things they know buyers will notice so that you can make changes before your home gets listed. If you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, you can also seek the help of an LGBTQ-friendly real estate agent. Reach out to us here at www.GayRealEstate.com today to find out more!