3 Steps To Prepare Your House To Sell

Dated: 06/20/2017

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Looking to woo and win potential buyers? The little things make all the difference.


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Planning to sell your house this year? Don’t be overwhelmed by all the details involved in preparing it to go on the market. Set aside a couple of weekends to do the work, and follow these three simple steps. Then, be ready to make a great impression on potential buyers and cinch the deal.

 

Step 1: Clean and declutter

 

It may sound obvious, but the importance of cleaning and decluttering cannot be overstated. Here are some ideas to make this process nearly painless.

 

  • Get rid of clutter before cleaning. This is the time to purge your house of unwanted and unnecessary items. In addition to donating items to charity, you might consider giving them away through Craigslist or neighborhood sharing groups. Recyclers are often willing to pick up and haul away large metal items for free. The goal is to make your house a clean slate before you get down to cleaning.

 

  • Deep clean your house. This step will probably involve the biggest time investment. Get the whole family involved if you can! Think of this as a pumped-up spring cleaning. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows — this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.

 

  • Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers. In this case, out of sight is not out of mind. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. If your storage areas are clean and organized, it will send a signal to buyers that you take care of the house.

Photo from Zillow listing.

 

Step 2: Make DIY repairs

 

Take care of these problems before you show the house for the first time. These are all fixes that you can do yourself.

 

  • Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.

  • Replace caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks.

  • Freshen up or repair grout as needed.

  • Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.

  • Fix cracked or broken windows.

  • Replace or repair damaged window screens.

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

 

Step 3: Go for curb appeal

 

First impressions are a big deal. You want potential buyers to be charmed by the outside of your house so they look forward to coming inside. Extend your pumped-up spring cleaning to the outside of your house, too.

 

  • Trim bushes, shrubs, and trees. Make sure vegetation isn’t touching your roof or siding.

  • Repair broken downspouts and gutters.

  • If it’s appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock, and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate curb appeal.

  • Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Be sure to eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks.

  • Dress things up a little bit. If it’s seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat. Make sure the house numbers are easy to see, and in a style that complements your home.

 

With just a moderate amount of effort, you can make your house beautiful and welcoming, both inside and out.

 

Ready to put your home on the market? Check out our Home Sellers Guide for more tips and resources.

 

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Mark Ross

For Mark Ross, founder of Ross NW Real Estate and professional real estate broker, real estate has always been the career of choice. During his 25+ years in the industry, Mark has gained experience in....

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