5 Things to Do Before You Put Your House on the Market

Summer is the time for home sales, and if you’re thinking about putting your house on the market, there are a few things you can do now to help it sell quickly and for the right price. These minor improvements can yield big bucks at closing, making it worth the minimal investment and time.

Start with Curb Appeal

The first thing buyers will notice about your home is the outside, and that’s often from the comfort of their own couches, scrolling through online listings on MLS. Before your realtor even snaps that first pic, focus on your landscaping by trimming bushes, planting flowers, weeding and laying down pine straw.

You’ll also want to make sure your home’s exterior paint job is fresh—one glance at chipping paint will put off any potential buyer. Take care of imperfections like dented garage doors or cracked steps, so you don’t scare off potential new owners before they’ve even stepped inside.

Focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms

Buyers agree that these two spaces are incredibly desirable, so they’re a good focus. Make sure that the rooms aren’t dated, as that’s an immediate turn off (and can result in them knocking the asking price down—way, way down).

Banish cheap builder-grade lighting fixtures and swap out for more modern options from a home improvement store. Repaint. Focus on your cabinetry as well; it’s often the first thing a buyer will notice. Replacing with custom cabinetry is incredibly expensive, but trying an option such as ready-to-assemble cabinets is low-cost with maximum effect.

Cabinets from www.thertastore.com are a great choice, as they have many options to choose from, sure to suit your style. These cabinets are cost-effective options, and can be ordered pre-assembled or ready-to-assemble, and all are crafted from high quality woods.

They’ll give your kitchen an instant makeover, and all buyers will see is themselves creating happy memories in this heart of the home. If you’re using them in the bathroom, the effect is the same—your home will look instantly updated.

Empty Your closets

In this situation half-empty doesn’t signify a pessimist; it signifies a sale. One desirable feature of homes is plenty of storage space, but you won’t give that impression if your closets are crammed with clothes and junk.

Take the time to really streamline your closet, packing away off-season clothes in boxes that are hauled away to storage and tossing anything you haven’t used or worn in a year. Another easy tip? Organize clothes by color to give off an impression of space.

Let There Be Light

You’ll never hear about potential buyers walking into a house and saying, “Ooh, I love all the natural darkness that’s in here.” Take advantage of any natural light you have, by opening blinds and removing screens. In addition, pressure wash all windows to allow the most light in as possible. Also dust lamp shades so the spaces appear as bright and cheerful as possible.

Don’t Take It Personally

We know you love the picture of your beloved grandmother at her 90th birthday, but the truth is, buyers don’t. They want to see themselves in the house, not you. Remove photographs and personal effects so that they can envision themselves living there—not your kids.