So, you are thinking of putting your home on the market, but you aren’t sure how to make the best impression using the smallest budget. If you do nothing else, clean, clean, clean! Prospective buyers are shopping for a NEW home. Your home may be 20 years old, but if it is to be the new home of another family, you have to show it in move-in condition. This does not mean that you must do major rennovations. It’s the little things that count!
1. Clean up the front yard. Mow, edge, weed-eat and remove any weeds from the flower beds. First impressions matter!
2. Remove the clutter from your home. Sell the open space, not your favorite figurines (they will soon have a space of pride in your new home).
3. Clean the inside of the house. Buyers will look closely at the condition of the home and make a judgement on how well it is maintained simply by how clean it looks.
4. Buyers look up. They see the cobwebs in the corner, they see the dust on top of the door frame and the ceiling fan. Clean those areas. Then look down! Clean the baseboards too!
5. Wash the windows (or pay someone to do it). You will be surprised by the amount of light that clean windows let into a space. A few hours of elbow grease can pay off big-time with a faster sale.
6. Scrub the kitchens and bathrooms completely. Buyers are very picky when it comes to those rooms. The more they shine, the more positive the first impression of your home will be.
7. Shampoo the carpets and then vacuum daily.
8. Odors are a turn-off. Remove all garbage before showings. Consider using air freshners before showings.
So, grab your mop, broom and sponges and be prepared to use some elbow grease. No time? No problem, hire a professional! Most cleaning services offer deep cleaning services. You will be amazed at the difference it will make to prospective buyers!
I look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs. Ready to see a SOLD sign in front of your home? Call me today at 281-844-5969 and I will prepare a FREE, no obligation market analysis to give you an idea of the value of your home in today’s real estate market. I look forward to working with you.