Spring is a popular season for homebuyers and this year may be especially hot. Interest rates are lower and expectations are high. A survey by real estate information company, Trulia, found that 31 percent of respondents expect 2018 to be a better year for selling a home than 2017. With this kind of market potential, you need to make your home attracts homebuyers and commands top dollar. Spruce up your home and impress buyers with these tips:
Spend Time Cleaning and Organizing Your Home
If you want to wow buyers, make sure your house is spotless.
- Vacuum every day.
- Clean the inside of your refrigerator.
- Clean and mop tile and wood floors. Wax if needed.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Replace old rugs and towels on racks.
- Deodorize musty smelling areas.
- Dust ceiling fans blades, light fixtures, blinds, and baseboards.
- Clean appliances.
- Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks.
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
Make a Good First Impression
If prospective buyers drive up and don’t like the way your house looks from the outside, they may not even bother viewing the inside. Make sure you don’t jeopardize a potential sale with poor curb appeal.
- Make a welcoming entrance. Paint the door, replace damaged hardware, and declutter the entranceway.
- Make your house number clearly visible.
- Clear and sweep your sidewalks.
- Take care of your lawn (mow, mulch, fertilize, de-weed).
- Trim your bushes.
- Plant flowers or other attractive plants to make your yard more attractive.
- Paint worn window trim.
- Clean your gutters.
- Clean your chimney.
- Repair shingles on the roof.
- Pressure wash your exterior siding.
Depersonalize and Declutter Your House
Buyers want to envision living in your home. That can be difficult if you have a lot of knickknacks or extra furniture that could distract them. Make sure to pack up or store any extra items before showing your home.
- Pack up your knickknacks.
- Clear off countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Remove books from bookcases.
- Shred and dispose of paperwork that may be lying around.
- Put any items you use daily in a box and store in a closet when buyers view your home.
- Organize closets and drawers.Messy storage spaces can be a turnoff. Taking the time to organize shows a buyer you care about your house.
- Clear out any items of furniture you don’t regularly use. Throw it away, donate it, or consider renting a temporary storage facility.
Make Necessary Repairs
The last thing you want is a buyer finding a problem during a walkthrough. Make time to do a thorough inspection of your home and make repairs if needed.
- Inspect your walls and floors for water damage.
- Fix plumbing and roof leaks.
- Repair broken seals on windows.
- Exterminate any rodent or insect problems.
- Replace old light fixtures, bathroom mirrors, or bathroom and cabinet hardware.
- Replace cracked floors or tiles.
- Patch holes in walls.
- Fix doors that squeak or don’t close properly, and kitchen drawers that stick.
- Paint walls neutral colors (buyers like to see a blank canvas).
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- Complete any home improvement projects you have underway.