When selling your house, you need to make sure that it is up to the highest standards and presentable to potential buyers. This means fixing everything that is broken, removing all unnecessary items, hiding everything suspicious and, finally, decorating the entire home to make it more desirable. This is what all interested parties will pay attention to, so here are several tips and tricks that might help you achieve the state of home perfection.
Take out the Trash
Inviting someone to your home without properly cleaning it shows a certain level of disrespect towards the guests – and this goes double when inviting potential buyers to your home. Not cleaning your surfaces is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to sell your home and, ultimately, you cannot market it properly if it is dusty, cluttered and smelly. Remember, nobody will want to buy a dirty home.
Therefore, you need to do everything you can to raise the level of cleanliness in your home. Do not be afraid to spend some money on this, because the profit will be enormous. So, hire a professional carpet cleaner, clean your furniture with a steam cleaner, scrub the kitchen and bathroom tiles and get rid of the odor. After that, you can introduce decorations and make sure that your freshly cleaned home looks even nicer.
Fix the Problems
In addition to this, do not forget that nobody will want to buy a shabby home neither. If your rooms are equipped with old furniture and giving off a bad vibe, it is time to do something about them. Of course, you have to bear in mind the costs – your decoration projects are not supposed to cost more than you can earn. That is why you might want to visit a yard sale in order to purchase affordable, yet quality furniture.
Moreover, you need to take care of all the faulty and broken items in your household – from small items like leaky faucets and missing light bulbs, to more serious problems such as broken windows and clogged drains. These projects actually have two benefits: you will make certain that everything is working properly, and also have a chance to bring in some new decorative details. For example, you can freshen up window shutters and blinds by painting them in a new color, install energy-efficient light bulbs and buy new faucets – potential buyers will surely appreciate these and, consequently, show more interest in your home.
Focusing on One Room
Every house has one room that is just perfect and ready to be showed to all of your guests. If you are trying to sell your home, make this room the highlight of the tour – furthermore, you can even show it twice, at the beginning and the end of the tour if you want to make an impression. However, you should bear in mind that most people pay special attention to the kitchen, which is why it must be spotless and perfect.
In order to do this, you should follow a few simple rules – choose the right colors for the cabinets, let in plenty of light, purchase quality kitchenware and provide enough storage. Finally, clean the kitchen, display your appliances, add a couple of stylish decorations and you are good to go!
Fix, Decorate, Sell
When preparing your home for a sale, you basically conduct two projects at the same time – maintenance and decoration. If you want your home to shine, you must first ensure that everything is working properly and only then should you proceed to decorating. However, it is these decorations that make a property stand out and you will sell your home more successfully if you decorate tastefully.
The main motivation for taking the decorating in your hands is that you will save a lot of money. Professionals may charge extra for staging tips. Just follow the advice in the article and put some effort in it. Decorated and staged homes sell faster than empty spaces. Give the buyers the general impression of what a real home looks like and you will see the results.
This article is contributed by our friend Derek Lotts of smoothdecorator.com.
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