There are a variety of reasons why people put up their homes for sale. A new job in another city or state or a bigger or a smaller house is required. Whatever the reason, preparing your house for sale is crucial in attracting potential customers. Here are a few good tips from Premier One that everyone can use not just those with Charleston real estate for sale.
The fact that this is your home you are selling should be disassociated from their owners. You can start by telling yourself that it is not your home. It’s a house and it’s something that is put up for sale, like a carton of milk in the supermarket shelf.
Accept the fact that the house will soon not belong to you anymore. Let go of the emotions. You can start by picturing yourself giving out the keys and the documents for the appliance warranties to its new owners.
Some home sellers also suggest saying goodbye to each room in the house. The bottom line is looking toward the future and not looking back.
Those old family heirlooms and personal photographs don’t belong there anymore so start packing them up. Your home shouldn’t contain personal artifacts from their previous owners and neither should yours if you don’t want buyers to be distracted. A buyer should see himself living in the house you are selling.
When you have lived for so long in a house, you tend to collect and keep an unbelievable amount of junk. When de-cluttering homes for sale, the general rule is that if you haven’t used it for more than a year, you probably don’t need it. And since you don’t need it, you can donate, sell, or just throw it away.
Rearrange closets and cabinets
Buyers will open up cabinet and closet doors so you don’t want items falling out when they snoop around. Being organized sends a message to potential buyers that the house has been taken care of properly. You might need to alphabetize spice jars and stack the dishes neatly.
It’s always better to show homes for sale that have less furniture. You can rent storage units where you can keep furniture that could block walkways and paths, making the area small and tight. You can highlight the purpose of each room by leaving just enough furniture. Give the buyers plenty of room to move around.
Make it sparkle
If you haven’t had a general house cleaning, now will be the best time for it. Wash all the windows, inside and out. Clean the exterior and sidewalks using a pressure washer. Sweep out the cobwebs. Polish the chrome mirrors and faucets. Do a thorough vacuum cleaning for all the rooms. Wash the floors. Replace those worn rugs. These are just some of the things you can do make your house cleaner and more attractive.