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Selling a home can be a huge task. It’s not something that we rush into and most of us do plenty of thinking, research, and planning before we decide to put our homes on the market. Even after much preparation, selling your home can be hard. Many houses sit on the market for years only managing to sell after an extreme drop in price. The stress of moving and selling a house is enough to make the best of us cringe. If you have decided that it’s time to sell here’s a look at 11 things that you should do before selling your home to help ease the challenges and stress ahead of you.
Decluttering helps you in two big ways. First, a house that’s neat and free from clutter will be easier to sell. Viewers will find it easier to imagine their possessions in the property, and you’ll make a better first impression. Then, when it’s sold, it will be far easier for you to pack up and move if you’ve already recycled, sold, or thrown away all your unwanted stuff and clutter.
If it’s going to be a big job, you might want to get the help of waste disposal services before you start to show your house. Waste Connections trash services New York offer a range of options when it comes to waste disposal. These include yard dumpsters as well as larger options. Just make sure the dumpster is gone before you list.
Organizing is another thing that will help you sell and move. Nice, neat, well-organized cupboards and closets make a great impression and help viewers to think that they could live an equally well-organized life if they bought your home.
Minimalism can be very appealing to home buyers. They’ll find it easier to see all the areas of your home, and it will be easier for them to imagine living in your home with their stuff if they aren’t overwhelmed by all of the furniture already there. Hiring temporary storage can be a big help, and it means you’ve got a safe middle ground when moving day comes around.
The people that come to take a look at your house will look everywhere! They’re thinking about spending a lot of money, so it’s really no surprise that they’ll want a home that is very clean and ready to move into. Start a deep clean before you put your house on the market, making sure you get into all of the hard-to-reach areas and the hidden dust bunnies.
Call a Handyman
Small things that you live with, such as leaky faucets, broken handles or cupboards, or a loose floorboard might be a big deal to buyers. The good news is a handyman can take care of these problems easily.
Clean the Windows
No one wants to live in a house with dirty windows, so you should get them cleaned inside and out. This will also help to maximize the natural light in your house by making your rooms appear brighter, cleaner, and fresher, which is a big plus for buyers.
Clean Switches and Handles
Viewers will want to try lights and open doors, so make sure the handles, switches, and any other touchpoints that they’ll come into contact with are clean.
Make Sure It Smells Nice
We stop noticing smells over time. We can’t smell our washing detergent until we buy a new brand, and while we can smell other people’s homes, we only notice what our own smells like if something changes. Taking precautions, like opening windows and giving your home a deep clean, will help, but it might be worth asking a friend for some advice as they are more likely to notice bad odors than you are.
Give It a Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest, and most effective, ways to make your home brighter, fresher, and cleaner. Generally, painting the same color is fine, but if you have any colors or patterns that might not suit everyone’s taste, you might want to paint a more neutral shade. If you don’t have time to paint everything, focus on gloss areas such as doors and frames, which can make a big impact.
Tidy Up the Garden
If your garden is overgrown and you’re concerned about the time and money to get it looking its best, then you might just want to mow the lawn, clear any debris, and paint the fence. Do what you can to create a garden that buyers can imagine themselves in.
You’ll probably be taking your furniture with you, but anything that is in your home is part of the impression that it makes on buyers. Wash cushion covers, have rugs cleaned, varnish wood, and otherwise clean and refresh anything that is in your home.
Selling your home can be tough, but there’s plenty that you can do to make it easier while resulting in a faster sale and a better price.
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