If you are about to put your house up for sale, there are certain things you should do in order to get the most amount of money for your home.
These items can be addressed for minimal money, however can give you a great return and faster sale.
Make sure you do the following to prepare your home for sale.
Anything that is broken must be fixed.
Make sure it is fixed properly, not a temporary fix.
Potential buyers do not want to do repairs and things not fixed properly tell them that you did not care for your home and your home may have other problems that are not visible.
Walls should not have any dents, dings, scratches, or marks.
Replace all light bulbs that are not working.
Your home should be spotless when it is on the market.
Deep clean everything.
Deep clean your microwave, oven, refrigerator, blinds, behind furniture, ceiling fans, windows, under your sink, carpets, and every place that does not get cleaned weekly.
Hire a cleaning crew if this job seems too overwhelming.
Clutter makes a room look smaller and evokes stress in people.
Declutter your entire home.
Don't forget about your cabinets and closets.
Closets should be 1/2 to 3/4 full so it seems that there is plenty of storage in the home.
Kitchen countertops should have very few items on them to make the kitchen feel larger.
Your refrigerator should have nothing attached to it.
If needed, rent a storage unit to keep some of your stuff while your home is on the market and have a yard sale to sell the items you don't use anymore.
Remove any items that are specific to you and your family.
Personal items include family photos, religious items, and items with your name on them.
You want your potential buyers to feel comfortable in your home.
Your home should be generic enough that they can picture themselves living there.
Don't forget about the outside of your home.
Some buyers may not even walk through the front door if they don't like what they see outside.
Keep your lawn tidy and consider planting some seasonal flowers.
Remove all kids toys and keep your trash cans out of sight.
If your neighbor's lawn in not mowed, then mow it for him.
Talk to your realtor about what upgrades are appropriate in your neighborhood.
If all of your neighbors have upgraded countertops, you may want to install upgraded countertops to appeal to more buyers.
If you do the correct upgrades, your home will sell faster and you can get all of the upgrade money back (and maybe even more than you spent) when you sell.
If you live in a community where all of the homes look similar, consider adding some wow factor to your home to make it stand out from all of the other homes.
You can make your fireplace a focal point by installing a stone fireplace surround and a new mantle, upgrade some light fixtures, and/or do something simple like painting your front door an accent color.
Give the potential buyers something special to remember and get excited about.
Your home should feel one of a kind so potential buyers are willing to pay more to have it.
After you have finished preparing your home for sale, you should stage it to make it look great when it is on the market.
Here are some Home Staging Tips.