Preparing Your Home for Sale – Part 3

Preparing Your Home for Sale Part 3More 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.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Shampoo carpets and clean floors.

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.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Update light fixtures.

Tip 9: KEEP THE COUNTER IN THE KITCHEN FREE OF CLUTTER

This will visually expand the space and make the kitchen feel larger.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Keep kitchen counters free of clutter.

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.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Make sure all doors open freely and aren't blocked by clutter or furniture.

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.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Organize your storage spaces.

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.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Don't overcrowd your closets.

 

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:

Peggy

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