It’s the season for home selling, and that means homeowners around the city are busy cleaning up yards and washing windows. To get top dollar for your home—or to simply enjoy it more for yourself—you should be doing all that…and more.
Here are five chores that will make your home the best it can be, as suggested by a recent RE/MAX blog:
Ensure a good first impression: Make the outside of your home as welcoming as possible. “Paint the [front] door, clear debris and clutter from the walkway and yard, mow the lawn and prune hedges,” notes the blog. Be sure broken screens are fixed. Replace broken shingles and worn welcome mats, and plant pots with colorful flowers to place on the front porch. In all, make sure that first look is flawless.
Clean, clean clean: A clean home tells buyers the house has been well cared for. Do a deep clean, then tidy all rooms and closets. “Make it sparkle,” notes the blog.
Remove clutter: Rooms filled with personal objects feel smaller and make it hard for buyers to see themselves living in the space. Start packing away these items. It will give you a jump on the move and help make your home feel ready for new occupants.
Paint: A fresh coat of paint works wonders in reviving your interior. Choose a neutral color, such as white or beige. And be especially sure to paint over rooms that currently have bold or exotic colors, as these are likely to turn off many potential buyers.
Set the stage: Help your buyers imagine an ideal life in your home. “Fresh, decorative flowers in the kitchen or on the dining room table are always a nice touch,” suggests the blog. It also recommends setting the kitchen or dining room table before showings or open houses.