3. Make Minor Repairs
Not every repair is expensive. Fix as many small problems as you can. Sticky or squeaky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets or chipped baseboards - these small things will be noticed by potential buyers. Individually and especially collectively, they may give buyers the impression your house isn’t cared for or well maintained.
4. Clear the Clutter
This is one tip that I can’t stress enough. Clear your kitchen and bathroom counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. If you can afford it, install closet organizers to maximize space. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage or basement. Skip this important step and potential buyers will see only the clutter and not the abundance of counter or closet space your home has.
5. Do a Thorough Cleaning
A clean house will make a strong first impression that your home is well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service. If not, wash windows then leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odours, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over. Pay attention to the small details as well. Wash the fingerprints from light switch plates, polish doorknobs and clean inside cabinets. Don’t forget to clean your garage too.
Following these important steps will help you better enjoy the excitement of listing and selling your home! Pay attention to these top tips to separate your home from the competition and sell quickly.
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