In our last post, we started a list of 20 ways to get your house ready to sell. The focus was on preparation and starting on the external elements. Now, it’s time to take potential buyers inside. So bring out the good place settings and use only the finest of air fresheners, because this second half of the list will be looking at preparing the inside of the home and some overall tips and tricks.
It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts
11. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Consider what will be featured in the tour of the house and focus on improvements to those specific features. Don’t get bogged down by excessive and unnecessary projects that won’t be noticed.
12. Replace the knobs on kitchen and bathroom cabinets for a quick, low-cost upgrade. Sometimes a little touch can create an entirely new look.
13. Change out the light bulbs to brighten up the home. Bright lighting makes it look bigger and cleaner.
14. New window treatments are another cost-effective way to add a punch of design flair. For low ceilings, position the drapes and valances higher on the wall to suggest the illusion of height.
15. Replace key pieces in the bathroom to emphasize a fresh and clean appearance. Update shower curtains and toilet seats with crisp white replacements. Avoid patterns; they make the room seem smaller.
16.Create a lived-in-look. Not an “its Tuesday night and I just got off work and don’t feel like cleaning up after the kids right now” look, but lived-in. No one expects you to live in a museum, so lighting the wicks of candles or the placement of read-through books keeps your home from looking like it’s filled with props you never use.
17. Get the carpets cleaned. A thorough cleaning can freshen up the look, feel, and smell of the home.
General Tips & Tricks
18. Before investing in new fixtures or additions, prioritize which projects need to be completed to best adapt your home to the current market.
19. Don’t start painting the exterior, yet! Try a good power-wash, instead. You’ll be surprised how much dirt a house collects. Plus, you'll save the cost of all that paint.
20. The lowest price is not the lowest cost. Measure the value of what you buy with what you need. A 10 pack of knobs might by cheapest option, but if you only need 2, those additional 8 are simply a waste.
Time to Get to Work!
Now put these tips into action and present your house as its next owner’s dream home. Be mindful of what the buyer sees as they move through the property and emphasize the strengths in those areas. If you’re unsure of how to go about this, speak with your Locations LLC Realtor and learn from their experience.
For tackling those larger projects with a long-term goal of selling, see our article on the 14 Home Renovations that Will Increase the Value of Your Home.