How to Put Your Home’s Best Face Forward
Now that you’re putting your home on the market, you need to make it bright, appealing, and impressive to potential buyers. This is going to take a bit of work, so prepare yourself, but it could also lead to a quicker sale at the price you want. With that said, get ready to put your home’s best face forward with these tips from Capable Home Buyers!
Get It Clean
Your first step in putting your home’s best face forward is to get it clean, really clean. Your home should be spotless and smell fresh. Be sure to scrub down all surfaces and rent a steam cleaning machine for your carpets. Don’t forget hard-to-see spots like the tops of your door frames, window sills, closets, and baseboards. Potential buyers will be impressed and pleased that they won’t have to do any major cleaning if they buy your house.
There are also some simple modifications you can make to increase the home’s cleanliness. One of these is installing a range hood, which is a great way to add more fresh air to your kitchen. That’s also an improvement that potential buyers will love, meaning it’ll increase the overall value of your home, as well.
Repair It Well
Make sure, too, that everything about your home is in good repair. Most buyers don’t want projects. They might tolerate a few small imperfections, but big repairs are a turnoff, for buyers tend to look at them and see dollar signs. Even though you might have to spend some money now on painting, a new roof, or repairs on your heating, plumbing, or electrical systems, getting all that done could actually raise the sale price of your home in the long run.
But not all repairs are for major appliances. Furniture is one of the first things people notice when they walk into a room. However, especially if you have pets, your furniture might need a little attention. Search online for a furniture reupholstery professional who can make it as good as new – if not better. Just make sure you browse ratings and reviews and request a quote in advance.
Make Some Upgrades
As you’re cleaning and making repairs, also consider making a few upgrades. These don’t have to be major. You might replace the hardware on the kitchen cabinets or install a new shower head or faucet in the bathroom. You could also add some peel-and-stick wallpaper to a couple of rooms as an elegant touch. This paper is completely removable, so you can assure buyers that it’ll come right off if they want to make a change. In the meantime, though, you can use it to make your home more attractive and pleasant. Consider luxurious grasscloth wallpaper for an understated yet rich and tactile look.
Declutter and Depersonalize
When your house is on the market, you’ll do well to follow one important rule of thumb: buyers want to see your house, not your stuff. Clutter does nothing to sell your home. In fact, it can turn buyers away. So pick up excess possessions, and store them away neatly. Organize using storage bins, boxes, and baskets. Remove most family photos and other personal items, too, and bring in more neutral furnishings and decorations.
Pay special attention to your home office. Even if you’re still working in it, it should be neat, clean, and well-organized. Make sure your papers are always filed and your desk is clear of clutter. Think about your lighting, too. Your office should be bright and cheerful.
Think Curb Appeal
Finally, don’t neglect your curb appeal. You don’t want buyers taking one look at your yard and fleeing back to their cars. Keep your lawn mowed and your plants trimmed, clean up any debris, and add a few decorative touches.
Selling Your Home
Obviously, if you’re putting your house on the market, your goal is to sell it as quickly and profitably as possible. If you want your home to stand out, though, you need to put its best face forward. So get started on these tips right away. You won’t regret it.
Capable Home Buyers buys houses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and all surrounding areas in Hampton Roads, Virginia. If you need to sell your house fast in Virginia, connect with us so we can make you a fair no-obligation no-hassle offer.
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