Skip to main content

From Shambles To Showhome: Prepping Your Home For Sale

If you’re selling your home, it’s time to prepare for visitors and try and showcase your property in all its glory. It takes seconds to form impressions, and you need to ensure that your home impresses from the outset. If your home is cluttered, there’s stuff everywhere, or there’s paint chipping off the door frames, now is the time to do a little sprucing up before those all-important viewings. Here are some simple suggestions that could make all the difference.

Curb appeal
The exterior of a house is usually the first thing you see as a potential buyer. If you drive up the road and you like what you see, this gives you a positive vibe, and you’ll probably be excited to see the rest of the house. In contrast, if you’re greeted with rickety gates, overgrown lawns and broken windows, you may not even want to hang around to see the kitchen or the master suite. If you’re selling up, don’t focus all your attention on the interior of the house. There are lots of very easy ways you can make the exterior of the property more welcoming and appealing. Give the front door a lick of paint, put up some hanging baskets or place a couple of potted plants or olive trees on the porch, sweep the driveway and mow the grass.




Image from https://pixabay.com/en/photos/house%20roof/

Odor
There’s nothing worse than walking into a house and smelling mold, pets or cooking odors. This can be a major turn-off for potential buyers, so invest in some scented candles or a scent machine. You can find out more about home diffusers and essential oils if you read this article. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes. Would you rather be greeted with a wave of wet dog, fresh linen, or summer meadows?

Cleaning and tidying
Clutter is a huge no-no for buyers, so make sure you give yourself time to tidy up and clean the house before you start showing people around. It’s also really important to ensure that your home is as tidy as possible when you take photographs for the brochure or online gallery. Clutter makes rooms look smaller and darker. If you don’t have enough space for all your stuff, invest in some storage boxes.

Natural light
Most people appreciate airy, light spaces, especially when they’re looking at kitchens and bathrooms. If you’ve got a viewing, maximize natural light by opening up the curtains and blinds and hanging mirrors on the wall. If you’ve got dark walls in a small room, consider painting them white to open up the space and make the room look larger.



Image courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/124705972@N06/14248593989

Personalization
It’s wonderful to make your house homely when you’re living in it, but for selling purposes, it’s a good idea to remove personal touches. You want the buyer to imagine their family in that property, and if you’ve got photos or personalized prints everywhere, this may make that task more difficult. Offering a blank canvas is often a more appealing option.



Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/living%20room/

As a last possibility, you could always hire a cleaning service to come in and clean the home for you. That will take some of the pressure off of you as you are trying to make preparations to move.

Are you selling your home? If so, you’re probably dreaming of a quick sale. Hopefully, these tips will help you prepare for viewings and show off your home in the best possible light.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Prilosec OTC $25 Rebate plus a $100 AMEX Giveaway

Hey Neighbors! Do you suffer from heartburn? I do sometimes. I personally can not eat really spicy foods. Problem? I LOVE MEXICAN! So does my whole family. My husband enjoys really spicy foods and sometimes suffers from it. Solution? Have you heard about Prilosec OTC? If not perhaps you would like to try it. Prilosec OTC has a special offer going on right now through February 15th. Buy 2 Prilosec OTC and get $25 back. Now, I personally have not tried Prilosec OTC yet. But according to the site: "How and Why Prilosec OTC® Works Prilosec OTC Blocks Heartburn When you eat, millions of tiny pumps in your stomach lining create acid to break down food. Normally your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) works as a door, opening and closing to let food pass from your esophagus HEARTBURN GLOSSARY Esophagus: Tube connecting the mouth to the stomach; a passageway for food; part of the digestive

What To Do About Those Fuzzy Uninvited Guests In The Home

When we talk about pests in the home, the most common that we tend to deal with are the creepy-crawlies that find their way in. Ants, termites, and spiders, for instance. Occasionally though, you have a real chance of getting a much bigger, fuzzier unwanted guest in the home. What do you do about the fact your home is at risk of becoming a wildlife sanctuary for some truly unhealthy and even dangerous beasts? Picture by Alexas_Fotos Know the signs It doesn’t matter if you’re in a suburban home, a country cottage, or a fourth-floor apartment. Some animals can find their way just about anywhere. It’s worth knowing the signs of pest infestation so you can confirm it and act on it immediately. Spotting droppings, keeping an ear out for scratching, and looking for signs of nesting like shredded paper, scrunched leaves, and grass clippings around the home without explanation can help you start fighting back. Picture by wolfgang_vodt Cleanliness is key If there’s

10 Things You Need To Do Before Moving Abroad

From There is nothing more fulfilling than travelling the world and visiting new and exciting places. If you’re a fan of travel , then you might have thought about moving abroad at some point. Unfortunately, there is a lot to do before you can get on the plane, with finding accommodations and a job being the most important. If you’re moving abroad soon, or think that it’s something that you’d like to do in the future, then here are ten things that you need to do before you start your new life. 1. Visit The Country Plenty of people move abroad without visiting the country first. Although this is fine to do, as long as you’ve done plenty of research on the country, it makes much more sense to visit the country first. This way you can get used to the culture, and will know in advance whether or not the country is somewhere that you’d actually like to live. 2. Research The Country You need to do lots of research before you move abroad, especially if you haven’t visited the count