Tips to Prepare Your House for Sale

Are you ready to sell your house? But are you also worried it might not be in the best shape to sell? A few touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers — and perhaps closing a deal.

Now that you’ve decided to sell your house, it’s important to look at it through an objective lens. You might love the bright green paint in the bathroom, but potential buyers might not. Details matter to buyers when looking for their next home. They’ll notice the broken light fixture or the stains on the carpet that you might not pick up on anymore.

Experts recommend getting rid of clutter, hiding family photos, cleaning out closets, removing excess or oversized furniture, and cleaning. Here are a few more tips we are highlighting that are helpful in getting your home in its best possible shape before you put it on the market:

1. Repaint the Walls Neutral Colors.

As we mentioned above, you might love your bright green bathroom, but it could turn off a good portion of your buyers. Repainting your rooms in neutral tones like tans and whites will allow buyers to focus on the spaces themselves, not the color of the walls.

2. Simplify the Interior Décor.

To help buyers imagine themselves in your space, get rid of any art or other décor that might turn off people with different tastes. A classic landscape painting? Perfectly fine. Your zebra print leather couch? Might want to slipcover that for showings.

3. Get Rid of Bulky Furniture.

Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so any extra or oversized items could make your space look smaller than it really is.

4. Bring Nature Inside.

Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into a space, fill in empty corners and even draw attention to features you want buyers to notice. Just make sure the plants are in good health (and bug-free!).

5. Clean Like You’ve Never Cleaned Before.

Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing. If you’ve already moved out or if you’re too busy to stay on top of things, consider hiring a cleaning service to stop by every couple of weeks.

6. Do a Faux “Renovation.”

Little tweaks can make a big difference in the overall feel of a room. Is your kitchen a little outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets and hinges. Quick fixes like those that don’t break the bank make a huge difference to buyers.

7. Boost the Curb Appeal.

Don’t spend all your time indoors. Trim your shrubs, weed your flowerbeds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.

Most experts deem updating your curb appeal as the most crucial tip in preparing your house for sale. First impressions go a long way, and more than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent.

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Give us a call! We’d be honored to assist you in selling your home, as well as finding your next one. Remember, at any price in any neighborhood, The Robinson Team sells homes!

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