Clean, updated, clutter-free homes sell faster and often fetch higher prices than their dated, cluttered counterparts.
Ready to sell but worried your house may fall into the latter category? You don’t have to spend a fortune to get your house in top showing shape.
Focus on these fixes for a quick facelift.
Beautify Your Bathrooms
Grimy, dated bathrooms turn off buyers. You can avoid the gross-out factor by removing all mildew and other buildups from walls, showers, tubs, toilets, and fixtures. Mix a spray bottle with one-part water and one-part bleach for a simple solution that should remove all visible grime.
Is your shower door clouded with build up? Don’t replace it. Instead, remove it from the bathroom for an intense wipe down. Use a mixture of one-part muriatic acid per about 10 parts water. Scrub the door with steel wool, rinse and replace.
What colors are featured in your bathroom? Are they gender neutral? If not, you may want to consider swapping them out for neutral décor. A quick paint job and some fresh, white towels can lighten, brighten, and broaden your bathroom’s appeal. Decorative baskets and candles can make your bathroom feel like a spa. Who doesn’t love a spa day?
Clean Out Your Clutter
The longer you’ve lived in your home, the more stuff you’ve likely accumulated. It’s time to get rid of it.
Put it in storage or give it away, just get it out of sight. Every room in your house should have only the bare minimum in terms of furniture and accessories.
Built-in bookshelves hold tons of appeal to buyers, but if yours are also holding tons of books, you need to reduce the reading material on display. Your goal for decluttering is to showcase the amount of space your home offers, allowing buyers to imagine their own possessions in the home, rather than only being able to see all of yours.
Give their imaginations an uncluttered, clean palette to work with. Don’t be afraid to move furniture out or into different rooms. The chairs in your family room may be just what your formal living room needs to look cozier.
Freshen Up Your Kitchen
Do your cabinets need some help? Just like the bathrooms, buyers see a dark, dated kitchen and immediately see remodeling dollar signs. You don’t have to replace your cabinets, though. New doors, drawer fronts, and hardware will give your kitchen an immediate facelift. An old dishwasher can be updated with a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer for availability.
If you’ve begun small remodeling projects but left them not-quite finished, it’s time to finally commit to completion. Half-finished projects will stick out to a buyer as something that will immediately require their time and money to fix. Don’t let the work you’ve started end up costing you at closing time.
Have Excellent Lighting
You’re going for light and bright, but not blinding. Aim for 100 watts per 50 square feet, using three types of lighting in every room: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading), and accent (table and wall).
The Master Bedroom
The person who buys your home wants a sanctuary; a place where they can relax at the end of each day. Your overflowing closets, laundry strewn treadmill and cluttered desk in the corner will not invoke the sense of tranquility they’re looking for in this room.
Take everything out that does not lend itself to relaxation. If your bedding is looking worn, replace it with an inexpensive, crisp white coverlet and sheets. Add a simple splash of color with a throw pillow or two. Clean out your closets to show buyers they will have plenty of space for their things.
It doesn’t matter how great your house looks if it doesn’t smell good. Have soiled carpets professional treated to remove odors. Remove pets during showings. Bake cookies before open houses. Use harsh chemical cleaners and artificially scented products such as candles and air fresheners sparingly, as these can be a turn off for buyers with sensitivities.
Keeping these tips in mind can make the staging of your home that much more successful. Remember the bottom line: you want to offer potential buyers the chance to see your house as dream home for them.