1. Disassociate Yourself
Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Picture yourself handing over the keys and appliance warranties to the new owners!
Don’t look back – look toward the future.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms Buyers should be able to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there.
People collect an amazing quantity of junk consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it maybe someone does you are ready for garage sale, donate or throw it away? Clean off everything on kitchen counters. Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
4. Rent a Storage Unit
Almost every home shows better with less furniture.
Remove pieces that block or hamper path and walkways and put them in storage.
Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose for the buyer.
5. Make Minor Repairs
Patch holes in the walls, or cracks in floor or counter tiles.
Fix leaky doors that don’t close properly and drawers that stick or jam.
Paint walls light, neutral colors to brighten rooms and make them appear larger, take ideas from catalogs and paint stores brochures (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)
Replace burned-out light bulbs to keep the space warm and well lit.
6. Make The House Sparkle
Wash windows inside and out
Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
Clean out the cobwebs.
Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks. Bleach dingy grout, polish chrome faucets, and mirrors.
Clean out the refrigerator.
Vacuum and/or mop daily. Wax the floors for added sparkle.
Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures.
Replace worn rugs.
Hand up fresh towels.
Clean /air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
Go outside and stand in front of your home… do you want to go inside? Linger in the doorway of every room and imagine how your home will look to a buyer. Examine how the furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense Turn in to the room’s emotional pull does it have an impact?
8. Check The Curb Appeal
Mow the lawn. Add fresh bark for added appeal.
Paint faded window trim.
Plant flowers or group flowers ports together-yellow evokes a buying emotion… and Marigolds are inexpensive too!
Trim your bushes.
Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.