Learning Center Are you thinking of selling your home?
If you're preparing to sell your home, there are many inexpensive ways to help make it more appealing to prospective buyers.
Consider your home as a product.
You'll want to emotionally detach yourself from the home so you can treat it like merchandise for sale. This will help put you in the right frame of mind to take an objective look at what you can change to make your home more appealing.
Help buyers visualize living there.
While your home is normally a place to let your personality shine, when you're preparing it for sale you'll want to make it appealing to everyone. Removing family photographs and personal mementos is a great way to help prospective buyers imagine themselves making the home their own.
Make your home a showcase.
Retailers carefully arrange their stores to attract customers; you can do the same to your home. Reducing the amount of unnecessary stuff around your home will make it feel cleaner, larger and more relaxing. If your bookshelves are full, pack up at least half of the books and arrange the rest to look stylish. Keep your counters free from unnecessary clutter, add some fresh flowers and set your dining room table for a beautiful party.
Tidy your cabinets and closets.
Prospective buyers like to know that there will be plenty of storage space in their new home. If your cabinets or closets are overflowing, buyers will be turned off. Think of tidiness as a strategy for a faster sale. Stack your dishes neatly. Donate or store items you rarely use. Use matching hangers, and color-coordinate your clothing. The results will be powerfully appealing to buyers.
Make your home shine.
A messy home is an instant turnoff. Take the time to do a deep cleaning, and then maintain the appeal with a basic routine. It's easiest if you do a little touch-up cleaning every day. If there are small repairs that can be done to beautify your home, make them now. This kind of effort goes a long way in terms of getting a great offer on your home.
Roll out the welcome mat.
Make sure that the front of your home is appealing. Mowing the lawn, touching up faded trim paint and adding flowerpots to your porch will provide stronger curb appeal, helping a buyer visualize how nice it would be to live there.