Spring has officially arrived, now is a great time to focus not only on your well-being but the well-being of your house. Without proper maintenance, your home will slowly deteriorate, which is especially not good if you want to put it on the market. Here are a few ideas for getting your home back in working order and ready to sell:
- Ensure everything works that are supposed to…replace light bulbs, fix loose doorknobs, oil squeaky doors.
- Make the front door area inviting, maybe add a few flowers, a new welcome mat. Make sure the doorbell works…kids love to test those.
- Declutter, declutter, and then declutter some more. You may be used to seeing all those beautiful nicknacks lined up, but potential buyers will just see “clutter everywhere.” And those stuffed full closets should be partially emptied. No one wants to see the closets busting at the seams. This is not a How Much Can I Shove in My Closet kind of challenge. If you are feeling ambitious, make sure all your hangers match and are facing the same way! This will show that if you are meticulous about organizing, you are probably meticulous about the care of your house.
- A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. But not to state the obvious… make sure it’s a neutral color and looks professionally done. No accidental paint on the trim, please!
- Placement of furniture can make a big room look small, or a small space look big. You pick (just make sure it’s the correct one.
- Smells are something people do not forget. So make it memorable. Think clean, fresh, and yummy.
- And…make sure your home is clean! Make the bathrooms sparkle, wipe down the countertops, clean the dog drool off the glass door, vacuum cereal up off the floor. Could you imagine walking along and CRUNCH!? Just eww.