It’s important to do a few simple tasks prior to listing your home for sale & inviting potential buyers in for an open house. These steps can help buyers imagine themselves living in your home and can ultimately help reduce the number of days your house sits on the market.
Remove as much clutter as possible. If you are still living in the home while selling it this can prove to be difficult. Here are a few tips:
Rent a storage unit (or ask a family member if you can borrow their garage for a few weeks)
Remove all unnecessary storage (bins in the garage, unused tools, camping equipment, out of season clothes, etc)
Reduce the number of items in your kitchen cabinets (If you aren’t cooking huge meals then remove unneeded items)
Reduce the amount of clothes & shoes in your closets
Remove all knick nick-nacks & try to keep shelves & counter tops relatively bare
Clear out garage
Remove personal photos (buyers want to envision their family living in your home)
The goal is to make your house look like a blank slate. Try to emulate what you would see in a home & garden magazine or a nice hotel.
Give your home a deep clean. It’s amazing what decluttering & cleaning can do for the presentation of your home. Consider hiring a professional service.
Consider Updating Lighting Fixtures
Minimally, make sure you don’t have any burnt out lightbulbs. If you want to splurge a bit consider updating any lighting fixtures that may be dating your house. Don’t spend too much here, but if you can replace a lighting fixture on the cheap to match what potential buyers are seeing in other homes in the area then go for it. Consider adding a few lamps to make the home brighter during your open house.
Repaint any walls with bold, polarizing, or dark colors. Some colors may not appeal to all buyers & dark colors can make rooms seem smaller. A fresh coat of greige is always a safe bet.
Clean up Landscaping
Cut your grass, trip your bushes, and lay down a fresh layer of mulch. Your curb-appeal is your first impression, so spend a little time making sure that everything is in good shape. Don’t go overboard, but spend some time making sure your front yard looks fresh.