47 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

47 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

Suggestions & ideas to improve your home’s appearance and help you prepare to sell it faster!

 

  1. Open the draperies, pull up the shades or flatten them– let in the most sunlight possible
  2. Create a positive mood! Turn on all lights- day or night- and install higher wattage light bulbs to show off your home brightly
  3. Remove Clutter from each room to visually enlarge the room
  4. If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating
  5. Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times
  6. Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well
  7. Air out your home for ½ hour before showings if possible
  8. Have a family “game plan” to get the home in order quickly, if necessary
  9. Lightly spray the house with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse before the buyer arrives
  10. Put family photos in storage, de-personalize your space so potential buyers can visualize it as their own
  11. Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture
  12. Create the feeling of a spacious entry area using decorative accents and removing unnecessary furniture
  13. Putty over and paint any nail holes or other mishaps in the walls
  14. Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look larger
  15. Repair or replace any loose or damaged wallpaper
  16. Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures to brighten your home
  17. Wash all windows inside and out
  18. Use plants in transitional areas of your home
  19. Make the most of your attic’s potential
  20. Remove or hide excess extension cords and exposed wires
  21. Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries & attics
  22. Remove all smoke and pet odors
  23. Repair and replace banister and handrails

In the Kitchen

  1. Microwave a small dish of vanilla 20 minutes before showings and place it out if the way
  2. Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner
  3. The kitchen & bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean
  4. Expand your counter space by removing small appliances and de-cluttering

 

In the Bedrooms

  1. Create a master suite effect in your decorating
  2. Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in neutral color scheme
  3. Make sure that the beds are made and linens are clean
  4. Organize your closets; remove and unnecessary items and put them in storage

 

In the Bathrooms

  1. Wipe down sinks and showers after each use; do not leave towels on the ground
  2. Re-caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparkling white
  3. Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub
  4. Replace shower curtains if necessary and keep them clean
  5. Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps

 

Outside/Exterior

  1. Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times (and sidewalks & decks clear of snow)
  2. Use flowering plans to dress up the yard, walkway and patio
  3. Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture and trash from the yard
  4. Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept and in good condition
  5. Paint all entrance doors
  6. Make sure the garage door opens easily. Fix and paint the garage door if necessary
  7. Clean and shine all hardware and accessories indoors and out (door knobs, knockers, mailbox)
  8. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned
  9. Use new, clean, inviting door mats
  10. Be sure the front doorbell is in good working order
  11. Be sure the front door and screen door work perfectly with no “squeaks”