10 Things to Do Before You Sell Your House
By following these important steps, you’ll get a head start on preparing to sell your home:
- Welcome buyers. Make your front door visible by painting the door, adding a new doormat and clearing debris. Mow the lawn and prune hedges. Plant colorful flowers to attract attention from the street. Repair broken items such as screens, shingles and lighting to make a great first impression.
- Make it sparkle. Cleanliness implies a home has been well cared for. Recaulk grime-prone bathrooms and the kitchen for a fresh, clean look. Shampoo rugs and carpets to eliminate stains and odors. Tidy each room, including cabinets and closets, before showing.
- Start packing. Cluttered rooms turn buyers off and make your house look smaller. A home filled with personal belongings makes it difficult for others to envision living there. Store away excess furniture, toys and personal decorations, such as family photos. Pack up things you don’t use on a daily basis and put in storage.
- Paint wisely. A well-done, no-frills paint job in neutral colors is all you need. Definitely don’t forget the trim and molding.
- Fix the small stuff. Repair or replace broken or outdated hardware throughout your home. You can install new door handles and faucets – fixtures that are readily visible to homebuyers – rather inexpensively. New hardware can also improve functionality and safety.
- Update lighting. Replace fixtures that no longer fit your home’s decor. Install bulbs with appropriate lighting for specific areas: Ambient lighting fills a room; Task lighting works best in areas like a reading nook; Accent lighting highlights focal points such as artwork and architectural interest.
- Frame windows. Ensure you have window treatments to enhance natural brightness and boost the appearance of a home.
- Set the table. Fresh flowers in the kitchen or on the dining room table are always a nice touch. Keep place settings handy for your tables so you can quickly set them out right before showings.
- Hide unsightly everyday items. Hide kids toys and pet belongings. Move litter boxes, pet dishes, animal crates and kids’ entertainment to less conspicuous areas of the home. Also think about where you can store things like dirty laundry and kitchen sponges.
- Don’t forget the back. Keep your backyard looking spacious and functional. Plant colorful flowers and keep landscaping trimmed and neat. Be sure to pick up after your pets for buyers touring the yard.
Cindy Campbell with RE/MAX Alliance has been a REALTOR ® in the tri-town area for 13 years and a tri-town resident for 22 years. She can be reached at 303-881-7413 or Cindy@ColoradoWelcomeHome.com.