Putting your home on the market is a big and exciting step. Naturally, you want the whole process of selling the house to be as smooth as possible, and there are things you can do to help that happen. These are common elements that can keep a house on the market longer, lead to more negotiation issues, but they can also help make moving easier.
Paint, Paint, Paint
Fresh paint can do wonders. Take some time to freshen up the paint in key rooms such as the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. You will likely want to pick neutral tones or shades that make the room feel lighter, brighter, and bigger.
While on the topic of painting, it’s also a good idea to paint the trim on your home. Painting the entire home may be outside of your budget for a house you’re trying to sell, but painting the trim is often affordable and can spruce up the outside of your home.
Make Minor Repairs
The sink that wobbles and leaks a little in the kitchen is something you’ve learned to live with, but buyers will be on the lookout for these small issues. Fixing things such as the chips in the drywall or replacing broken baseboards should only take a weekend.
If you’re not sure where to draw the line, consider minor repairs as anything that you can do yourself. If you’re not a DIY person, then you might bring in an affordable handyman to help.
Pack Away Anything Too Personal
There is a lot of contradicting advice about what to do with personal belongings when you plan on selling your home. Some realtors say that buyers want to see a “lived-in” house, and other realtors will tell you to pack it all away.
Packing away personal items only and clearing clutter is often the better route because it has a payoff. Everything you pack now, you don’t have to pack later. So start small and pack in sessions. Perhaps go through and wrap and store your photos, then move on and pack up any books, DVDs, and other small items. It’s a great time to clear out clutter too! Ultimately, if you pack things away slowly, there will be less stress when the big day comes, and you may attract buyers with a slightly-lived in but not cluttered home.