Putting up your house for sale means you need to open your house to strangers. It is not enough to simply list down the number of rooms you have, describe the furnishing, or how accessible it is to the nearest school or market. Preparing your house for sale means you need to get it ready for viewing.
Potential buyers are looking for a house that is clean, well-maintained, and move-in ready. To prepare your house for viewing, you need to consider a few important factors.
Natural Light Is Best
The first thing you need to consider is letting natural light inside your room. This creates an inviting and warm ambiance that will surely impress potential buyers. Here are a few things you can do to brighten up any room.
Use Light Paint Colors
Light colors reflect sunlight. Consider painting rooms with shades of gray and cream.
Avoid Using Heavy Fabric for Curtains
Of course, drapes and curtains are necessary. However, avoid using fabrics like velvet. This material tends to make the room darker and smaller. It is best to use cotton or linen.
Mirrors reflect light and can help make any room look bigger. Hang mirrors opposite your windows to let natural light inside your house. You can also consider furniture pieces with glass panels.
Clean and Freshen Up Your House
When preparing your house for sale and for viewing, make sure it is clean. Potential buyers are often turned off by a dirty and dusty home. Let your potential buyers see how well-kept your house is, especially the kitchen and bathroom areas.
Additionally, your house should also smell fresh. Avoid cooking anything with a strong smell on the day (or the day before) your house viewing. Try opening up your windows to let fresh air into your rooms. Another way to freshen up a bedroom is to use clean, recently washed bedding. It’s also great to use room diffusers around your house.
Declutter and Depersonalize Your Space
Eliminating clutter is essential when preparing your house for sale and for viewing. Make sure to get rid of any trash or junk piled up in your rooms. The aim is to make your house look neat, organized and welcoming. So keep your bookshelves orderly, properly arrange flatware and dinnerware in your kitchen, and put a vase — preferably one filled with fresh flowers — in your living room table. It might be tempting to shove everything inside a closet but most buyers also want to see your closet space! So keep your closets tidy.
It is also a good idea to remove a few of your personal and family photos around the house. This allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home.
Work On Your Outdoor View
It is not enough to only prepare your home on the inside. You also need to make the outdoors appealing for potential buyers. Whether you have a garden, a patio, or a small yard, make sure that it is clean and well kept. For instance, if the grass is overgrown, set aside time to mow it. If you notice that your paving is filled with dirt and grime, use a pressure washer for a thorough cleanup.