Preparing your home for a sale may be difficult and stressful especially when you have little or no time. A lot of people who wish to sell their homes are unwilling to spend more money in replacing those outdated kitchen cabinets and grungy bathroom tiles.

However, to get the best return on your investment and avoid turning off potential buyers, you must ensure that your home looks its best when it hits the market.  

Remember that you don’t need a ton of money to make your home look better to potential buyers. It only requires careful planning and knowing how to present your home professionally, so buyers come your way.

Below are some helpful tips and things to consider when preparing your home for a sale

MAKE THE EXTERIOR LOOK INVITING

Your home’s exterior forms the basis for a seller’s first impression. Work on the garden and the landscape and ensure your home’s entrance is inviting. Remove any dead plants, trim overgrown bushes and trees, freshen up the ground cover, and add flowers for a punch of color. Make sure that the front door is clean and painted and the windows are clean, An inviting doormat is also a nice welcoming addition.

CLEAN AND DECLUTTER THE HOUSE

A clean house creates a strong impression that your home has been well cared for. To easily attract a buyer you must make your home look and smell appealing.

Remember that you only get one chance to make a first impression and when potential buyers walk up to your home, you’ve got less than a minute to impress them.

If you have pets be aware that the person buying your home may not be pet friendly or may even be allergic – try where possible to have hoovered up all pet hair and for cat litter trays to be put away or clean. If possible have someone sit the pets while you have viewings – many people don’t want to encounter pets during viewings.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO HELP WITH THE PROCESS

  • Get rid of clutter before cleaning. This is the time to get out everything that you don’t think is necessary, plus you will need to pack it to move so why not make a head start now?
  • Deep clean your house. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows. This makes a significant improvement in the overall appearance of your house.
  • Organise wardrobes and cupboards:Remember that many potential buyers may open wardrobes and cupboards because they are thinking about storage space. If your storage areas are clean and organise, it will send a signal to buyers that you take care of the house.
  • Make sure the area around and including your front door is painted
  • Check your entry light

MAKE ALL NECESSARY REPAIRS

Ensure you put your home in the best condition by making all minor repairs such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets

Here are some of the fixes that you can do yourself.

  • Replace caulking around the bath, showers, and sinks.
  • Fix any leaking taps and running toilets.
  • Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral and pleasing color which compliments your home.
  • Freshen up or repair grout as needed.
  • Replace or repair damaged window screen
  • Fix cracked or broken windows
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

UPGRADE THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is one of the rooms buyers are most attracted to. While remodeling an old kitchen is a direct way to help your home sells faster, and at a higher price, there is the possibility of transforming an outdated kitchen without a complete overhaul. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware will help refresh old cabinets.

LIGHT IT UP

When you are done doing all these, ensure that every room has at least three points of light which mean a table lamp, a floor lamp, and a task light.

ACCESS ALL AREAS

If you have a garage make sure there is access – your potential buyer will need to see the space when they are contemplating putting their car away or using the space for storage. The same goes for garden sheds if they are staying make them accessible and access into roof and loft spaces.

KEEP THE GARDEN MAINTAINED

At the minimum keep the garden clear and keep the grass cut. If there are dogs that use the garden make sure their deposits have been cleared up and that bins are neat and tidy.