While some moving costs are inevitable when it comes to selling your home, here’s our recommendation of the top 5 FREE ways to prepare your home for sale:
Simplify your surroundings by eliminating as many unnecessary things in your home as possible for a sense of openness and space. Begin with small steps by setting a deadline for completion, then work your way through each room of your house. Scan the room as if looking through the eyes of a first-time visitor. What draws your attention?
Take this opportunity to remove things from the floors and clear the counter tops. Return items to their rightful place in the home. Put things in cabinets, store belongings in closets and get rid of items that no longer serve you.
Make any Minor Repairs You Can Do Yourself.
As you take a room-by-room tour of your home, notice anything that needs fixing. Start with any repairs that you can make yourself. Replace burned out light bulbs with new ones. Touch up any small spots on baseboards, corners and walls with fresh paint to give rooms a neat appearance. Remove dead flowers and water the plants. Eliminate pet odors.
Try rearranging your furniture, reorganizing wall hangings or redecorating with items you already have on hand.
Small fixes like bolstering loose railings, tightening doorknobs and unplugging sink drains show buyers that your home has been lovingly well-maintained.
Clean Your House from Top to Bottom.
Show off your home to its best advantage with a thorough cleaning of each room. Start from the top and work your way to the bottom of the house. Make sure your bathrooms and kitchen sparkle. Clean mirrors. Wash windows indoors and out. Open blinds, curtains and windows to bring in fresh air and daylight.
Beyond cleaning surfaces, look for areas often overlooked. Dust ceiling fans, electric cords and lampshades. Clear any dust bunnies from corners on floors and ceilings and wipe down cabinets and appliances.
Vacuum and Swiffer Mop floors. In the kitchen, clean the oven, stovetop and microwave.
Freshen up your curb appeal.
First impressions count. In home selling and buying, those first impressions start curbside. Stand outside your home and view your home from the street. What do you notice? Identify small changes you can make at zero cost to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Hose or gently pressure wash moss and debris from sidewalks and siding. Weed gardens and mow your lawn. Hang up hoses or place in decorative pots to remove them from harm’s way. Create cozy seating areas on your front porch or patio. Brighten your front door with a fresh coat of paint. Remove fingerprints around the doorknob and polish.
Enlist Your Team of Experts.
For ease, convenience and peace of mind, enlist a team of experts for guidance and support as soon as you’re thinking of selling your home. Your real estate agent can partner with you to create an overall marketing strategy to help you sell your home for the most value in the shortest amount of time.