More great tips on preparing your home for sale! As you know, getting your home market ready is an important part of the selling process. Often, potential buyers can’t see past repairs that need to be done no matter how small they may be. This can cause them to be blinded to the positive attributes of your home. To keep this from happening, there are some things you can do to make your home look its best. I’m not talking about staging just yet. These are things that should be done before you even think about where to place the couch and what flowers to place on the table. These are great tips even if you aren’t selling your house.
In Part 1 of this series, I shared tips on preparing the exterior of your home for sale. In Part 2, I shared tips 1-6 on preparing the interior. Today I continue with the interior with tips numbers 7-12.
Preparing Your Home for Sale – Interior
Tip 7: SHAMPOO CARPETS AND CLEAN FLOORS
If your carpets or flooring are worn out, you may want to consider replacing them. New flooring is a definite plus when it comes to selling your house. As with paint, keep the colors neutral if you decide to replace the flooring.
Tip 8: UPDATE THE LIGHT FIXTURES
Nothing dates a home like old lighting fixtures. Stylish new fixtures can be found at any home improvement store. This is one of those areas where you won’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big difference.
Tip 9: KEEP THE COUNTER IN THE KITCHEN FREE OF CLUTTER
This will visually expand the space and make the kitchen feel larger.
Tip 10: MAKE SURE DOORS OPEN FREELY AND AREN’T BLOCKED BY FURNITURE OR CLUTTER
This includes garage doors, entry doors, cabinet doors, closet doors, and appliance doors.
Tip 11: ORGANIZE YOUR STORAGE SPACES
Hang clothes in closets according to sleeve length and color and keep the floors clear. In closets, the pantry, kitchen cabinets and under sinks, organize loose items in bins or baskets. These tricks will make these spaces seem larger.
Tip 12: DON’T OVERCROWD CLOSETS
If you are getting a storage facility, use it and not the closets to store items that are not being used. Empty closets are okay when showing a house; they look much bigger when empty. Hang a few garments in the closet to help with visualization.
All these tips and more can be found in my book, The Moving Handbook. It will be available soon. In the meantime, be sure to watch for the next installment in this series.
All Photos: Better Homes and Gardens
Here are links to the rest of the series: