From the time you decide to put your house on the market to the time you actually sell it can feel like centuries. For some, it actually is. Home owners often forget that selling a house can take a good amount of planning and preparation and a ton of patience if you want to get the right amount of money out of it. But it’s easy to get excited when you finally make that decision to sell and have high expectations that your house will sell as soon as it’s listed. While you can’t control the market or someone else’s decision to buy, there are things you to do to stage your house for a quick sale. Of course, it is never a guarantee, but it’s better to follow these tips and it will up your chances of a quick sale.
The most important step, the one piece of advice you should take if you ignore every other, is to eliminate the clutter from your house. Not only does clutter drag down the appearance of the home, it also makes the space look smaller. You want to open up the space in your house, and you want to allow your potential buyers to mentally place their own furniture in the house, which would be difficult with clutter in their way. Get rid of the knick knacks cluttering the shelves. You should store any unnecessary furniture and décor that’s taking too much space under the bed or in a closet. Only use small furniture that really maximizes the house. Organize and hide all outdoor speaker wire running along the walls from your outdoor speakers to your receiver, as well as the TV to the home theater system and everything else. You will be surprised how much taking this one step alone and decluttering your home will open up your space.
The next step is to add a fresh paint of coat to the walls. Not only does it give a clean and refreshed look, but the paint can eliminate odors as a result of smoking, cat litter boxes, etc. If you have any odd or dull colors on you wall, brighten up the rooms with a warm, neutral color, such as an off-white or tan. A bright white might give off a cold, hospital vibe whereas a tan feels cozy. It is recommended, but not necessary, to remove any wallpaper especially if it is peeling off or outdated. If it looks nice and is fairly neutral, it is not essential. It is best to have the same color or color theme flow throughout all of the rooms in the house so that it does not give a choppy feel.
Brighten the house up with window treatments that let the sun shine in. You don’t want the house to feel like a dark, dungeon. That can be a little depressing and can also tend to make a room look smaller than it is. When the sun is shining into a room, it can brighten even the dullest carpeting and give a positive vibe to your potential buyers. Additionally, change out any dark and dull bedding with something bright. White comforters with a few bright colored accent pillows or sheets keeps things fairly neutral but can make a big difference in brightening up a room.
Now that you have the inside of your house looking good, it’s time to clean up the outside. The outside of the house is often more important than the inside, after all, it is the first thing that potential buyers see and first impressions are everything. Nobody expects your yard to look like Luxembourg Gardens, but it should be cleaned up and groomed. Clear out any junk mobiles or toys that may be hanging around the yard. If you have shed or man-cave in the back, clean it up so it looks nice and compliments the house. Keep the yard mowed, do a little weed-eating, lay some mulch and maybe even plant a few flowers. If your home is in need of a new coat of paint, that is something to be considered. If that is out of the question, consider renting a pressure washer for the day. That alone can work wonders on a house. Give the windows and gutters and good cleaning to show that your house has been kept in good condition. It might require some extra manual labor, but it will surely pay off.
By giving your home a little TLC, you can not only be proud to show off your home, but you will up your chances of selling it in a lot less time. You want to give them a good, positive vibe when they view the house and dark, dull colors with a lot of clutter is going to send them running out the front door.