So you have decided to sell your house? Congratulations! This is a big step and can be very exciting. You may be wondering what to do first. Look no further, here are four ways to get your home ready to sell.
1.) Deep Clean: A good, thorough cleaning of your whole house is a must. Clean and then go through and clean again. In addition to the things you normally do (such as vacuuming and dishes), clean the parts of your house that don’t always get attention. Areas such as the baseboards, tops of fans, and window sills collect lots of dust. Don’t forget to clean the windows themselves. Clean windows let in more natural light which is a plus when trying to sell a home. De-clutter corners and shelves.
2.) Pay Attention to the Kitchen/Bathroom: Kitchens and bathrooms are big selling points to any buyer. A good tip is to clear the clutter off of counter tops in both the kitchen and bathrooms. In the kitchen, take a look at the appliances. If they are old or outdated, you may consider updating them. Don’t forget to clean the insides of the oven, microwave and fridge. Clear your counter tops of the small appliances you don’t regularly use. De-clutter the insides of your pantry and cabinets. Give the bathroom a good deep clean. Replace old hand towels with fresh new ones.
3.) Pets: We love our pets, but when selling a house, it is good to pay special attention to cleaning up after them. Deodorize the house of all pet odors such as cleaning the litter box daily and washing their bedding. If needed, have your carpets professionally cleaned. Fix the scratch marks or damage to walls or floors they may have caused. Pick up pet toys and put away food and litter boxes, if you can, before any showings. If possible, it is best to remove your pets for showings so that the buyers can fully imagine themselves living there.
4.) Curb Appeal: Curb appeal is one of the most important steps in preparing your home to sell. When the buyer pulls up, curb appeal is what helps to get them inside, instead of driving away. Curb appeal includes sprucing up the outside of the house, such as power washing the exterior, painting or replacing the front door. Pull the weeds from your garden, clear branches and leaves and put down fresh mulch. Put away toys and bikes.