A very common mistake that sellers make is assuming they need to spend a lot of money staging their home. Some will choose the expensive route and swap out all of their furniture and decor at the request of a hired professional home stager, but that is not the only way to impress potential buyers. Everyone has to stage their home to an extent in order to sell it efficiently; however, you do not need to spend a lot of money doing so. Consider these house cleaning tips to get you started selling your home efficiently.
Clean Everything Thoroughly
Do you ever ask yourself why hotels are always so warm and welcoming? It is because everything is cleaned regularly to appeal to customers everyday. When cleaning your home, it is important to focus on making it as clean as a hotel. This includes: dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and washing everything both visible and hidden.
Home buyers will look inside everything, including closets and under sinks, so you must clean every nook and cranny to grab their attention. Fix all carpet dents, chipped or scratched paint, and any other negative features. After you are finished, ask a friend to assess your handiwork before you open your doors to buyers.
An important step to staging your home is getting rid of personal items such as family photos and albums, handmade items, trophies, and mementos. It is especially important to take family pictures off the walls since the buyer wants to envision living in their new home. Since it is no longer your home anymore, it is important to remove these items even though it is not easy. Pack them up and store them safely until you can find them all spots of honor in your new place.
Agents will tell you that clutter is an eyesore and causes buyers not to focus on what is more important and it also makes a home appear smaller. Since you want buyers looking at the home and not the stuff in it, it is important to have between three to five items on the surfaces, because clutter is distracting both in photos and in person.
Get rid of anything that you don’t need or use, this includes eliminating piles of mail and magazines, collections you have on display, knickknacks, and most other items that can easily be packed away.
Clean Out The Extra Storage!
If you have been living in your current home for some time, you have probably accumulated many items that you do not need. Now that you’re hoping to sell, it is time to get rid of them. Try to eliminate any plastic storage bins, over-the-door storage, above-cabinet storage, and extra racks in rooms. This is important since buyers never want to think they will outgrow a home. A seller’s job is to show the buyer that there is plenty of storage space for them to grow into.
Since all those stored items are already packed into bins and baskets, it should be simple enough to move them to a storage facility until you’ve moved.
Let There Be Light
Natural light is a key selling point for any home. Blinds should be kept up, and curtains tied back in order to make the space look bigger, and highlight the views of the outside. Now that your home is clean and uncluttered, it’s time to brighten things up so that buyers can actually see it. Typically your agent will have you remove any lighting that is old fashioned and make a room appear darker than it is. Lamps are important, especially in winter months, when there is less sunlight and the sunset is earlier.
Reduce Your Furniture
If your house is filled to the brim with furniture, it’s time to move some of it out. After the home is thoroughly cleaned out, keep only up-to-date furniture in excellent condition, and just a couple of accent pieces in each room. Not only does this go hand in hand with making things look less cluttered, but less furniture will also make the rooms look bigger for the buyer. Move unneeded pieces to the basement, garage, or a storage facility until you’re ready to move.
It’s All About The Details
Prospective buyers are going to be scoping out and possibly using your bathroom, and they won’t want to use an old bar of soap to wash their hands. Your restrooms should be stocked with a pretty bottle of hand soap and clean white hand towels. Make sure that all your beds are made, and decorative pillows are fluffed. Also, make sure your windows and screens are clean, inside and out. Lastly, something you might not think is a big deal, but make sure that your home smells clean and if you really want to impress your buyer, consider adding fresh flowers from your garden or landscaping to interior of the home.
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