5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Published on September 26th, 2016

With the high amount of homes on the market today, buyers have the right to be choosy. Buyers are looking for the best home, so you want to make sure your home shines. You don’t want to have to endure showing open house after open house, or ending up with a lower sales price.

Before a potential buyer walks through the door, consider these five tips to be sure your home will look its absolute best.

Clean Your Whole Home Thoroughly

Clean your whole home inside and out. A sloppy exterior will make buyers believe you may have slacked on cleaning the interior as well. Consider power washing your sidewalks and clearing out the gutters. For the interior, clean your carpet and drapes to eliminate any odors of pet smells or smoke. Wash all light fixtures and floors, and be sure to clean out clutter inside of cabinets and closets.

Make Any Needed Repairs

These repairs should be minor, such as cracked caulking, torn screens, or dripping faucets. Although these repairs may seem petty, they give the buyer the impression your home is well maintained.

Conduct a Home Inspection

A pre-sale home inspection can be very beneficial. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about any potential issues that could make a potential buyer walk. You should resolve any major issues before putting your home on the market. Depending on the state you live in, you may have to disclose this information after inspection.

Make the Front Door Inviting

Your front door is one of the first things potential buyers will notice. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. This will increase your home’s curb appeal and will also make it more inviting.

Clear Any Clutter

Begin by clearing your kitchen counters of all clutter. Pack up anything lying around the house like out-of-season clothes or old toys. Pack up any wall hangings, knickknacks, or family photos to depersonalize your home. You can temporarily pack your items in boxes and store them in your garage or basement.

The vLoan team hopes that these tips have been helpful to you in preparing your home for sale. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us or get a free rate quote! Our technology is your competitive advantage.

Source: House Logic

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