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How to Prepare Your House for Sale

How to Prepare Your House for Sale

Using Self Storage To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

Decluttering is a huge part of preparing your home for sale. People like to look at the quality of space. If they are thinking of buying, they will open cupboards and closets to see how much storage space there really is. Make sure all cupboards and closets are organized and clutter free.

Disassociate Yourself from Your Home & Depersonalize the Space

You have spent years making your house a home from the first day you moved in. Although you will still want others to view the place as “homey”, you don’t want them to see it as “your” home. Depersonalising each room is an important part of achieving this. It may seem harsh; however, you should really pack up those personal photographs of family, friends and holiday pictures as people want to imagine themselves in their home. You should also pack up any items that are of your own personal interests such as framed posters of your favourite film or band. These are not things that appeal to everyone so they’ve got to go. New owners would rather imagine where they would hang their own personal items if they lived there. This will have to be done anyway when you sell your house.

Declutter and Organize

Decluttering is a huge part of preparing your home for sale. People like to look at the quality of space. If they are thinking of buying, they will open cupboards and closets to see how much storage space there really is. Make sure all cupboards and closets are organized and clutter free.

When a buyer sees everything organized, it says that you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means alphabetizing spice jars and neatly stacking dishes. It means turning the coffee cup handles so they're all facing the same way. Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction. Line up shoes etc.

Pack away your knickknacks and remove books from the bookshelves. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom counters are cleaned off and everything is put away.

Make your Home Shine

Cleaning your home should go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning jobs. Vacuum daily instead of weekly. Wax floors, dust furniture, and clean ceiling fan blades and light fixtures. Bleach dingy grout and replace any worn rugs.

Special attention should be given to the bathrooms and the kitchen. Polish chrome faucets and mirrors. Hang up fresh towels. Make it a habit to keep the toilet lid closed when it's not in use.

Kitchens are a big selling point for many buyers, so you'll want yours to be as spotless and uncluttered as possible. Even the interior of the fridge should be clean and orderly.

Good point to remember, try not to cook anything particularly odorous the evening before you know the house is going to be shown. Or, if you really want to be on the safe side, until you have a confirmed buyer. Skip the fish or other strong-smelling food for a while. And if you have pets, keep on top of those litter boxes and other potentially smelly areas. 

Of course, odors work both ways. Consider making a small investment in some pleasantly scented candles.  Home baking smells are wonderful. Stay away from floral or strong scents.

Storage Unit

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. The house will seem more spacious and therefore, more appealing to potential buyers. After decluttering and depersonalizing, you may want to consider placing the items, which you still want to keep, in a rented self storage unit. Remove pieces that block or hinder paths and walkways, along with that unique sofa that only you like.

It’s also important to consider any fixtures or features in your home that you plan on taking with you. If there’s a beautiful fireplace or chandelier that you will be taking, put that into storage and replace with something else. Buyers might expect it to come with the house and this could be a sticking point.

If you have completely decluttered, your book cases are now empty, so store them as well. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Store any extra dining room chairs. Leave just enough furniture to showcase the room's purpose with plenty of room for buyers to move around.

Make Minor Repairs

Replace cracked floor or counter tiles and patch any holes in the walls. Fix leaky faucets, recaulk tubs, showers, and sinks. Fix doors that don't close properly, as well as kitchen drawers that jam.

Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if they're currently hot pink or purple. Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the one with the orange bathroom."

Replace burned-out lightbulbs and consider replacing those that have been in service for a while as well.

Curb Side Appeal

First impressions make a huge impact. Wash the windows inside and out. Pressure wash and spray down sidewalks, all bricks and stonework, and the exterior of the house.

Think about painting the front door and the window frames so the house looks fresh. Potted flowers are always a nice touch. Don’t forget the yard. Cut the grass and trim back or tidy up any bushes or hedges. Another great tip is to look at your house number, make sure it’s visible and give it a quick polish.