Do you break out in a cold sweat just thinking about getting your house ready to sell? A plan of action eliminates anxiety and builds resolve. Though readying your home to sell involves some effort, it can be an exciting adventure!
Step 1 of the plan involves making a great first impression. Experts say that people form a first impression within seven seconds. Outdoor aesthetics can play a critical role in this ‘wow’ factor. Weed and feed the lawn to create a lush carpet of green grass contrasted with fresh mulch and vibrant flowers. Trees and bushes sometimes hide a home rather than enhance it. Prune trees or remove bushes to showcase the home’s unique features. Draw buyers in with pristine sidewalks, simplistic front porches, and immaculate front doors.
Step 2 consists of cleaning and decluttering. When I listed a close friend’s home, her approach inspired me. She challenged her children to create the cleanest, most attractive room in the house. The formerly cluttered house transformed into a neat and sparkling showplace. The moral of the story: elbow grease is cheapand magic sponges go a long way. From light switches and baseboards to cabinets and drawers, make your house move-in ready. Change air filters, clean vent hood filters and vents on bathroom fans. Never underestimate the transforming power of paint! Fresh, neutral paint cleans and brightens, and it is inexpensive.
Finally, the dreaded question, “How much money will I have to spend to get this house ready to sell?” DIY repairs such as re-caulking tubs, replacing sprinkler heads, repairing damaged pieces of laminate or wood, and insulating attic doors save money. Spend money where it counts most: upgrades to kitchen and master bath. In addition, buyers want open-concept homes. It is relatively inexpensive to knock out a non-load bearing wall to create open space. Clean, repair and spruce-up patios and decks for a relaxing outdoor living space. Are you thinking about selling your house? There’s no need to sweat it! Get ready, make a plan, and go for it!