If you are thinking about selling your home, try to imagine what it was like when you bought your first place. Buyers are looking to start a new chapter of their lives in your home, so making them feel comfortable—and ultimately selling them your home—requires a little maintenance.
Listed below is a checklist of home maintenance tips to prepare your home for sale and get it in top selling condition.
Freshen Up Your Home For Sale
Fresh paint – Apply a fresh base where needed, both inside and outside your home.
Yardwork – Your yard is the first impression people will get when looking at your home. Mow and edge your lawn regularly. Try to fix bare spots in your lawn by seeding them and watering them regularly. Remove and replace dead plants. Prune overgrowth and remove vines scaling fences. Replace broken stepping stones and clear junk, fallen branches and toys from your front and back yards.
Depersonalize – Buyers will want to imagine themselves living in your home, so pack up any personal items like photos, memorabilia, toys, artwork, collectibles, and trophies. Don’t forget all your old stuff in the attic.
Organize and Clean Your Living Space
Declutter – You should always keep your house clean and trash-free as potential buyers come to see your home. Don’t stop there. Pack away any unnecessary furniture, boxes, tools and appliances that take up space. Keep a clutter-free kitchen countertop, remove extra plates and Tupperware, and always make sure obstructions in hallways are removed.
Clean your home's interior from top to bottom – Get a mop, a bucket, and some gloves. This is the most time-consuming aspect of preparing your home. Room by room, clean everything from baseboards, to ceiling fans, to doorways and door knobs. Leave no stone left unturned. As you clean your house, you’ll want to crack some windows. The fresh air will help eliminate odors. Replace all the vent filters in your home often, especially in homes with smokers or pets.
Clean outside your house – Cleaning the outside of your house will leave a great first impression. Pressure-wash your home. Remove debris and leaves from the gutters, replacing broken sections as needed. Clean and wash outside doors and screens. Wash and stain your deck. Replace or repair knockers and knobs. Paint the garage and trim. Clean oil stains in your driveway, and replace outside bulbs as needed.
Replace shower curtains – Your bathrooms should be scrubbed from top to bottom. Besides cleaning the sinks, toilets and tubs, as soon as buyers begin to see your home, replace the shower curtains with new ones.
Windows – All the windows in your house should be cleaned both inside and out. If you have pets, you’ll have to routinely wipe off nose smudges. Clean or replace any curtains with new ones.
Keep the pets out – Animals can be intimidating to some. Many people have allergies to animals, and they also can leave smells in the house that are offensive to others. Leave dogs outside as much as you can. Clean cat boxes daily.
Quick Home Fixes When Selling Your Home
Fix broken items – Electronics, plumbing, and structures that are broken should be tended to before selling your home. If that garage door opener has been on the fritz, it’s time to call the electrician. Potential buyers will notice all the small things, so try to be thorough when looking for broken hinges, vents that won’t shut, gauges in the flooring and anything out of the ordinary.
Lighting – Don’t just replace missing bulbs. Go ahead and change out all the lights in your home for a consistent, bright lighting that is inviting.
For more information on preparing your home for sale contact The Atlanta Homes! Our team of professionals will be happy to help you, step-by-step through the selling process.