47 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster
Suggestions and ideas to improve your homeâ€™s
appearance and help you prepare to sell it faster!
Throughout the House
1. Â Â Open the draperies, pull up the shades, and let in the sunlight.
2. Â Â Create a positive mood. Â Turn on all lights, day or night, and install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly.
3. Â Â Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.
4. Â Â If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
5. Â Â Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
6. Â Â Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.
7. Â Â Have a family â€œgame planâ€ to get the house in order quickly if necessary.
8. Â Â Air out your home for a half hour or so before showings, if possible.
9. Â Â Lightly spray the house with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse before the buyer arrives.
10.Â Â Put family photos in storage
11.Â Â Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture.
12.Â Â Create the feeling of a spacious entry area by using decorative accents and removing unnecessary furniture
13.Â Â Putty over and paint any nail holes or other wall damage.
14.Â Â Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look bigger.
15.Â Â Repair or replace any loose or damaged wallpaper.
16.Â Â Clean all light fixtures to brighten the home.
17.Â Â Wash all windows inside and out.
18.Â Â Use plants sparingly â€“ remove dead, scrawny or dying one too!
19.Â Â Clear and tidy up the attic where applicable
20.Â Â Â Remove and/or hide excess extension cords and exposed electric cords.
21.Â Â Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
22.Â Â Remove smoke and pet odors â€“ carpets and drapes are often the culprit
23.Â Â Repair/replace loose banisters and handrails
In the Kitchen
24.Â Â Microwave a small dish of vanilla extract 20 minutes before a showing and put it in an unnoticeable place.
25.Â Â Highlight an eat-in kitchen with a table set for dinner.
26.Â Â The kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean
27.Â Â Expand your counter space by removing small appliances
In the Bedrooms
28.Â Â Create a master suite effect in your decorating
29.Â Â Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme.
30.Â Â Make sure the beds are made and the linens are clean.
31.Â Â Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items, store out of season clothes
In the Bathrooms
32.Â Â Do not leave wet towels around and be sure to wipe down the shower and sinks after use.
33.Â Â Re-caulk the shower/tub if what's there looks old, dingy, moldy, etc.
34.Â Â Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub/floor.
35.Â Â Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
36.Â Â Put out fresh towels and washcloths.
37.Â Â Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
38.Â Â Use flowering plants to dress up the yard, walkway and patio.
39.Â Â Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture and trash from the yard.
40.Â Â Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios, and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept, and in good condition.
41.Â Â Give front and back entry doors a fresh coat of paint.
42.Â Â Make sure the garage door opens easily.Â Fix and paint it if needed.
43.Â Â Clean and shine all hardware and accessories indoors and out (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mail box, address numbers, etc.).
44.Â Â Prune trees and shrubs.
45.Â Â Buy a new doormat.
46.Â Â Be sure the front doorbell works.
47.Â Â Be sure exterior doors and screen doors work properly.