For every prospective house seller, a quick sale and a profit are the objectives. However, before you plant that for sale sign outside your house, there are some things that you need to do. You should present the house so that potential buyers can easily envision themselves living there.
Tidying up all aspects of the house, including the region around the front door, are crucial because they create a first impression. Ensure that this area is trim and free of any debris such as leaves or overgrown plants.
You can think of decluttering as early packing. Consider selling or donating items that you do not need. For larger objects or furniture, you can store them in a storage unit. Removing the oversized items creates an airy ambiance, making rooms seem more prominent.
Similarly, inside the house, drawers and closets should be well arranged. For example, you can consider buttoning and folding shirts in closets and setting the shoes in neat lines. In kitchen cabinets, you can place the dishes neatly and ensure all cups face the same way.
When selling a house, you have to consider that it will be someone else’s home. Potential buyers viewing your personal effects may interfere with the buyer’s envisioning of the scenario. You should stash away items such as family photographs or heirlooms.
Depersonalization includes furnishing because there is a chance that you and your buyer’s preferences may differ. For instance, if a buyer likes minimalistic furnishing, your antique furnishing or bear rugs may appeal to them less. It would be commendable if you endeavored to create a house where the buyer sees their furnishings fitting instead of replacing yours.
When you sell your house, the presence of defects is likely to discourage many buyers. A leaky roof, broken doors, plumbing, windows, walls, or floors may need your attention. You should also ensure that the electrical circuits and bulbs work correctly. If you are not sure about the necessary repairs, you can contact a pre-listing assessor to help identify and rectify the defect.
After the decluttering is done, you should consider cleaning the house thoroughly. Things such as cobwebs, dust, dirt, and mold reduce the aesthetic appeal of any home. Consider sweeping various parts of the house, especially those with unfinished surfaces, using either a broom or a vacuum cleaner.
Additionally, you can use pressure washing to clean surfaces that are likely to have caked dirt, such as the roof or walkways. The top is incredibly noticeable and is one of the first things potential buyers may notice from a distance. If it is dirty or covered in mold, their interest is likely to reduce.
After the decluttering, the repairs, and the cleaning are done, the next objective is to ensure that the house’s interior looks presentable. A recommended starting step is a new neutral coat of paint. Paint helps make rooms more lively, more extensive, or highlights details about them.
If you feel that painting the whole house is not feasible for some reason, you should prioritize repainting the foyer, kitchen entryways, and bathrooms.
The lawn is part of the presentation and should be trimmed or landscaped if you feel it increases the overall appeal. Such a technique is known as curb appeal and is responsible for first impressions alongside decluttering. From your driveway to the door, ensure that the buyer will be enamored before they set foot inside the house.
Inside the house, open your windows and blinds to make the home brighter, cleaner, and livelier. Additionally, ensure that your house has a natural fresh smell. Pets, gym bags, or food should not be present during the presentation.
When preparing your house for sale, consider it as if you saw it for the first time. With this image in mind, it is easy to visualize what would make the house appeal to you if you were a potential buyer.