The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, August 13, 2018

Easy Updates to Make Before a Sale

Preparing for a Sale  

Prepping your home for a sale makes all the difference. With a little bit of love and hard work, you can easily transform your house into an inviting space for prospective buyers. They’ll appreciate your home’s amazing features and you’ll walk away with a great deal – all with the help of these handy tips.


Stay Clear of Clutter

A clean space is calming. Clutter, trash, and scattered objects thrown about the floors and countertops are distracting and prevent buyers from seeing a future in your home. Place all clothes, books, and kid’s toys in their appropriate places, and organize bookcases and closets. Rooms will feel relaxed and organized, and guests won’t be distracted by unseemly messes.


Organizing closets is an especially important task. If storage spaces are overflowing with clothes and miscellaneous objects, they’ll appear smaller than they actually are. Ample storage space is attractive to most buyers and making closets neat and tidy shows others they can easily store belongings in the available closets and linen drawers.


Alongside clearing your space of unwanted and unused items, make sure all the dust and grime are gone. Clean fireplace mantles, wipe countertops, and polish appliances. You may not have cleaned in a good while – but prospective buyers don’t need to know that!


Invest in Small Updates

Making subtle alterations to everyday spaces goes a long way. Slab on a fresh new coat of paint to freshen things up and cover dirty blemishes. Opt for light colors to make rooms feel airy and open, and consider replacing bright accent walls with calm colors. Don’t forget to roll up the blinds and curtains to flood your space with natural light. These cost-effective tricks help buyers see a future in your space, and they won’t feel stuck in any dim corners.  


Furniture is another thing to consider. If items are bulky and too big for the space, pack them away before buyers walk into your living room. Replacing old couch cushions with new ones allows for a bright, clean feel. After all, a tidy sofa with cute accent pillows is more inviting than a couch with dirty, soggy cushions.


The same strategy applies to kitchens and bathrooms. Updated faucets and fixtures make your space sparkle, and putting in the extra effort in these areas makes for a faster sale.


Tell Your Home’s Story  

Many homeowners focus on updating hardware and replacing old, tarnished fixtures with new shiny ones. This is important, but don’t forget buyers ultimately want to know they can make your house a home. This is, perhaps, the most important thing to remember, and it’s important to showcase each room's personality and how it can be used to the buyer's benefit. 


Stage your office space to convey an organized and focused space. Turn your bathroom into a calming retreat with matching towels and a candle or two. Include a nice reading chair in your living room with a book by its side to communicate to buyers that this is where the relaxation happens. Leaving rooms barren doesn’t help buyers envision family dinners and movie nights, and it’s important to show passerby how each room can be used.  


A home is a place where people want to make memories and grow with friends, family, and community, and creating a welcoming front entranceway leaves an impression on buyers. It’s probably the first part of the house they’ll see (as well as their future guests, in-laws, etc.). Invest in a nice door and some attractive landscaping and you’re already a step ahead of the game.


These tips ensure an easy-breezy house-selling experience and excite buyers with the prospect of moving into a home that’s well-kept and inviting. Doing the right prep work pays off, so give your home a little facelift. It'll be worth it when multiple offers come in from a group of excited buyers.

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