The housing market is starting to improve, and I’m seeing so many houses come on the market. We’re looking at selling and upgrading to a bigger home, but selling a house in a competitive market can be tricky. Here are a few tips to set your home apart from the rest.
The outside of your home is the first thing that people see, so you want to put your best foot forward. The lawn should be nice and green. You will want to keep it mowed, and keep trees and bushes pruned. Make sure that flower beds look nice. The outside of the home should be clean and free of debris and cobwebs. Make sure sidewalks and the driveway are also clean.
Removing non-essential items and furniture can really make your home look much bigger. Rent a storage unit and store anything you don’t absolutely need. Not only does less furniture make your home look more open, but eliminating clutter can help your home look clean and ready for the new owners. Try to reduce everything in your closets by half as well to keep them from looking too small. Don’t forget to clean out the garage.
Take Yourself Out of Your Home
Potential buyers are looking for a place that they can call home; they don’t necessarily want to see how someone else has made it their home. By removing personal articles like photographs from the walls and mantle and children’s artwork from the refrigerator, you’re giving shoppers a chance to imagine what the house would be like with their items and style.
Clean, Clean, Clean
I know that this one may seem like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve seen of homes for sale that have garbage laying around and unclean surfaces. You want your house to shine! Scrub every surface, and make sure your floors are clean as well. You may consider hiring a cleaning person to come scrub away the evidence that your family has been living there. A professional see things that you might have missed. Before showing, you’ll want to make sure that the trash has been taken out and that your house smells nice as well. Also, take down drapes, open blinds, and clean your windows. Light is key, so the more natural light, the better.
The Back Yard
People are often looking for an environment that they can enjoy. Make sure that your back yard and patio area aren’t neglected. Sprucing the area up with some potted plants on the patio and making sure your lawn is neat and clean and free of any signs of pets can help potential buyers imagine what it would be like to entertain friends and family in the space.
The Total Package
A home with great curb appeal and outdoor spaces that is clean and clutter free and not personalized to the family that is living there tends to sell much faster than a home that is none of those things. Think about some of the houses you’ve looked at and how they’ve made you feel. You want to convey a feeling that this home is right for the person stepping through the door.