Getting ready to sell your home? There are several ways to prepare the average house for sale before calling a realtor. If you take on the tasks below, by the time you hire a realtor, your home will be well on the way to being listing-ready
There is an alternative to putting your home on the market and doing all the prep yourself. If you’re ready to get things moving and want to sell your house fast, think about selling it to an investor. This means a home buying company will purchase your house as-is and do all the prep work themselves. More information on this easy route to a home sale is available at the end of this article.
Consider the suggestions below to help you prepare your home for sale.
Deep-clean, inside and out
When we say deep clean, we mean deep clean. We suggest granular tasks like wiping down cabinet doors, cleaning baseboards, dusting fan blades, steam-cleaning rugs and carpets, and washing walls. Take your efforts outside to clean dirt and cobwebs from porch columns, pressure-wash driveways, and porch floors, and wash window exteriors.
Complete minor repairs
Do any small repairs you can that will make your home more appealing to a buyer, like patching holes, replacing lightbulbs, tightening handles, and fixing leaks.
As you clear tables and countertops, take a closer look at the items you have on display. If your favorite decorations include collections of knickknacks that take up lots of space, they may look like unappealing clutter to a prospective buyer. Pack these away and leave out only a select few.
Spruce up your landscaping
Make your landscaping fresh and attractive. Weed garden beds and trim hedges and shrubs; cut back tree canopies enough to bring light and space to the area. Strategically place a couple of planters of bright flowers where they will catch buyers’ eyes and consider applying a fresh layer of mulch to your garden beds.
Repaint in neutral colors
You don’t want potential buyers to be steered away because of that bright yellow bedroom or purple bathroom. Repaint bold walls in neutral tones for better presentation.
Address the smell
Your house may have a smell that you are not aware of, so think about it: do you cook with distinctive seasonings or often fry food in oil? Do you keep pets or litter boxes inside your home? Asking an honest friend if your house smells is the best way to know how and where to clean. Deep cleaning is the most effective way to remove the odor at its source, while sprays and air fresheners will only mask it. Put litterboxes away and leave pets outside during a showing.
Brighten up the inside
Prospective buyers will be more attracted to a light home than a dark one. Open curtains and blinds and turn on lamps and lights when showing your home.
Consider selling your house to a home buyer or investor if the list of suggestions above seems overwhelming. Sell My House Houston Pros is a Texas home-buying company. We buy houses in Houston and in many other cities and states around the country.
If you would like to sell your house quickly, contact us. To date, we have purchased $26 million worth of homes and are rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. Our purchasing power enables us to buy virtually any property fast, relieving homeowners of the expenses and inconveniences that often accompany the traditional home-selling process.
You can expect an offer returned to you within 24 hours. However, you have plenty of time to accept or decline the offer. We won’t pressure you to make a decision quickly.
To summarize, complete the tasks listed in our seven suggestions above to prepare your home for sale. Once you involve a realtor, he or she can help guide you through the larger aspects of listing and selling your home. And if you are overwhelmed by the list of tasks you’ll need to complete, make it easier on yourself and sell your home to an investor.