Get Your House Ready to Sell

The housing market is starting to recover in many places, and yet there are still good deals to be found if you’re a first time buyer. However, what if you already own a home and need to sell it before buying another one? Here are some suggestions for getting your home ready to sell, with inexpensive things you can do to make it more attractive to a potential buyer.

  • Clear out the clutter. If every area of your house is packed with stuff, it will make your house look smaller. Think about renting a storage unit, and clear out anything that you don’t use on a regular basis. You may think that people won’t look in your cupboards and closets, but that’s a wrong assumption. The same goes for your basement and garage.
  • Paint – A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference. Use neutral colors. You may like red, but not everyone feels the same way.
  • Landscape – Get rid of the weeds and prune overgrown bushes. Keep your lawn mowed and plant new grass seed in the bare spots.
  • Get rid of musty smells. Use a dehumidifier in your basement or open a window to keep it fresh smelling.
  • Pets – Barking and/or aggressive dogs are a real turn-off when potential buyers visit. Loan your dog out for the day. Make sure your yard is free of pet droppings and your home and furniture free of pet hair and odors.
  • Repair – Make simple repairs such as taking care of leaky faucets, replacing caulking, or fixing torn window screens.
  • Clean – Wash the windows, clean the floors, doors and bathrooms.
  • Front Door – Paint it if necessary and check the area around the entrance. Remove cobwebs, sweep the porch, make sure the doorbell works.
  • Carpeting – If your carpeting is very soiled or an unusual color, you might want to consider investing in some inexpensive neutral colored floor covering.
  • Lights – If it’s a dark day, turn on the lights to brighten up the house.