8 Things you can Do to get your house sold!
1. Curb Appeal - Start with the outside. Curb appeal can get you showings you might not have gotten. It can also cost you showings if the Buyer decides not to go in when they pull up to the front of the house. The front of the house must be inviting. The landscaping trimmed and free of weeds. The front door must be clean and crisp, or freshly painted.
2. DeClutter - This is the time to get rid of stuff. This is one of the most important things you can do to get your house ready. Most people have too many pictures, vases, knickknacks and "things" throughout the house covering all of their surfaces.
3. Depersonalize - We know you love having the family history hanging on the wall. The large displays of family pictures, trophies or "collections" of things need to be packed up. You can put them out in your next home. This is a time to let the Buyers feel that this could be their home.
4. Clean, clean, clean! You can never clean too much. Start with the duster and walk through each room looking at the ceiling and corners for cobwebs. Next clean all the ceiling lights, including the bulbs. When the lights sparkle in a room, it gives the Buyers the feeling of a well kept house. Make sure the bathrooms are clean and free of mold on the grout and caulking.
5. Kitchen - This is one of the most important rooms. Remove anything from the counter-tops that can be stored away for easy access. If you don't use the item regularly pack it away. The kitchen needs to show plenty of clear counter-top space.
6. Update - Some easy inexpensive updates are changing the pull knobs in the kitchen and baths and updating the light fixtures. Many people are able to physically do it themselves which makes it truly affordable and can really change the look of a room.
7. Clean out/Organize Closets - Limited closet space is always a problem to prospective Buyers. If the clothes are smashed together it gives the appearance of "not enough closet". Remove clothing that isn't being worn or is out of season. By showing the closets lightly filled with empty space it tells a Buyer that there is plenty of room for their "stuff".
8. Lighten things up - Remove heavy or dark drapery. Add lighting if the room is naturally dark. Remove heavy rugs and furniture to give the rooms a light and airy feel. If there is a nice view, make sure that window is clean and there is nothing obstructing the view.