Selling your home is an exciting, yet stressful time. You want to sell your house quickly but preparing your home for sale may feel like a daunting task.
Luckily, there are several simple ways you can make your home stand out in a crowded market. It takes a little time and elbow grease, but it’s worth it to ensure a quick and successful sale.
So where do you begin with preparing your home?
Having a nice, clean home is obviously a great start to getting your house ready for sale, but there are more ways to spark buyer interest than just making the bed and vacuuming the carpet.
Read on to learn how to set your home apart to sell easier and quicker.
How to Set Your Home Apart to Sell Easier
Improve your curb appeal
The first impression is always the most important one. What kind of impression does your home make when a potential buyer pulls up in front of it? Is it clean and inviting or drab and unkept?
Many homeowners focus only on the inside of their home when staging it for sale, but your curb appeal is going to set the tone for the rest of the house.
Make sure your bushes and shrubs are manicured and not overgrown. Put a nice pot of flowers on the front porch or walkway to add a pop of color. Buy a new doormat that welcomes visitors before they enter your home.
Also, be sure your walkway, porch steps and screen door, if you have one, is in excellent shape.
Declutter all areas
Clutter can accumulate in all areas of your home. In fact, after a while you may not even notice the clutter in your home, but a potential buyer will.
Cleaning out your closets is a good start, but you should also declutter hutches, bookshelves, art niches, desktops, kitchen counters and anyplace else with a collection of knick knacks, pictures or personal items.
Keep a few items out for decoration but cut back on the number of things you have sitting out on surfaces. Remove personal photos as they can be distracting and declutter walls that are lined with framed pictures.
Keeping your home clutter-free will give it a more clean and spacious feel to potential buyers.
Sell your house fast with paint
Painting is an easy and affordable way to freshen up the look and feel of any room. If you have dirty walls, chipped paint, or just need to brighten a room, consider pulling out the paint brush and giving your walls a new life.
For smaller rooms, paint the walls a lighter color to make the room feel bigger. Use soft tones of off-white or blue to brighten up the room and make it more inviting.
When choosing paint colors in general, stick to earth tones and natural-based colors. Stay away from bold colors that could turn away buyers.
Painting is an easy home improvement that can really set your home apart, so don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and pull out the paint roller.
Create a good smell
Studies show that certain scents can help you sell your home, while other scents can actually be a turn-off. Scents such as lemon, orange, vanilla, pine and cedar are appealing smells to use in your home.
The freshly baked cookie smell has been shown to not be effective, along with complex scents that mix different flavors. Stick to one simple scent.
Of course, the most important thing is to get rid of odors in your home first by cleaning it thoroughly. That includes scrubbing floors, cleaning the carpets, washing drapes and sofas, and cleaning appliances.
Spraying an air freshener over unpleasant odors will make them worse and leave a bad impression.
Clean your home from top to bottom, then add a gentle, simple scent for a pleasing smell that could mean a faster sell.
Upgrade your light fixtures
Upgrading your light fixtures is another easy way to make your home feel updated and fresh. Most homeowners won’t think to do this, and it’s such a great way to set your home apart.
Replace any broken or outdated light fixtures with something new and modern for an upscale feel. This includes exterior porch lights, dining room lights, lamps and ceiling fans.
Don’t forget to check all your light bulbs to make sure they are in working order.
Add some greenery
If you don’t have any green plants, consider getting a couple to place throughout your home. A living plant can add warmth to your home and create an inviting feel.
Adding fresh flowers can also brighten up your home and give it a nice smell. You can add a pop of color with flowers in the kitchen, bedroom or entryway.
Be sure and replace any drooping or dead plants or flowers!
Set your home apart with these simple tips to help sell your home quickly and easily.
You can find more tips on selling your home at Ben Buys Indy Houses.