If you’re planning to sell your home soon, there’s a lot of work that you’re going to need to put into getting your home sold for a reasonable price. Despite where you live and what the current market may be, your own personal preparation can either help you to make more money off of the sale of your home than you otherwise would have or can cause you to lose money that someone may have been willing to pay had your home only been prepared properly.
To show you how to do this most effectively, here are three ways to prepare to show your home before selling it.
Get Things Smelling Good
While it’s important that your home looks great, it’s also very important that your home smells great. If your home smells bad to those who are seeing it, this could put a large negative tone on your entire property, which could cause them to not want to buy it or to want to pay you less for it.
To get your home smelling great before you show it, Elizabeth Weintraub, a contributor to The Balance, recommends that you start by airing out and cleaning any spaces that may be musty in your home. Especially if you’ve had any leaks in the past, it’s crucial that you get these areas dry and cleaned properly so they don’t develop mold and smell like mildew. As for other areas of your home, try your best to get rid of anything that puts off a bad smell, like pets or certain foods, so that your home can smell great to anyone who enters.
Reduce Your Personal Items
Once you sell your home, you’re going to be taking all of your belongings with you. But before you move, it can do wonders for selling your home if you reduce the number of personal items you have in the space.
According to Corinne Rivera, a contributor to HomeLight.com, the fewer personal items you have both on the interior and exterior of your home, the easier it is for those viewing your home to picture themselves living there. And if someone can picture themselves living in the space, there’s a good chance that they’ll want to make an offer on your home.
Fix Those Small Things You’ve Been Putting Off
For most people looking to buy a new home, any small thing that’s wrong can be a turn off. Because of this, Cathie Ericson, a contributor to Realtor.com, recommends that you take care of any small fixes that you’ve been putting off, like cleaning off some scuff marks from your walls or doors and fixing loose door handles. These small things can make a big difference when showing your home.
To help your home show as well as it possibly can, here are three things to do as you prepare to show and sell your home.