09 Aug Preparing For A Quick Sale: Home Projects That Will Attract Attention
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Preparing a home to sell takes a lot of work, especially if your house is very large or if you’ve
lived there a long time. You might have lots of belongings to sort through, or there may be
several small repairs and updates that need to be addressed. A good plan will help you get
everything done in a timely fashion and will allow you to sell your home quickly, so it’s important
to sit down and take stock of both the interior and exterior.
There are several home projects you can tackle that won’t take too much time or money, but it’s
important to start with the priorities first. Do some research to find out the average price of the
homes in your area, and have your own home appraised. Starting with this info will help you
decide how much work needs to be done, where to start, and determine your goal sale price.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to complete projects around your home that will garner
attention from buyers and get you the full asking price.
Give your home a deep clean
Most homeowners who make the decision to sell their home understand the importance of
cleaning it well before putting it on the market, but it’s not just about scrubbing the sinks and
washing the floors. A solid deep clean will leave your home sparkling and keep it smelling
wonderful for potential buyers; this means cleaning the curtains and furniture, scouring the
fridge, and making sure your carpets are stain and odor-free. Keep your cleaning products and
appliances handy for quick tidying. A lot of people like the benefits a cordless vacuum affords
for convenience and speed, plus their portability makes it easy to tackle the whole house
quickly. If you stick to a quick cleaning routine every day, you’ll always be ready for last-minute
Boost your landscaping
Sprucing up your landscaping is relatively easy to do and won’t break the bank, so think about
adding a shrub border, some mulch, or some colorful hanging baskets on the front porch to
draw in the eye. You might also think about the exterior of your home apart from the lawn, such
as the mailbox, the entryway, and the driveway. Adding solar light fixtures or repairing cracks in
the concrete can really make a difference visually and give your home some needed curb
Update the bathroom
The bathroom and kitchen are two areas of the home that often need updating, and there are
several DIY projects you can tackle that will give these rooms a fresh new look. Whether you
decide to go big and replace the countertops or simply change out the lighting fixtures and add
a fresh coat of paint, updating these rooms can add big bucks to your final sale price. Just
remember to leave the big things — like plumbing and electrical work — to the professionals.
“Clutter” tends to have a negative connotation, but it’s about more than just a messy space; it
can also mean having too much furniture in one room, or too many personal items (such as
family photos). Try and take a look at your home with an objective eye and make changes that
will help a potential buyer see themselves living there. Keep in mind that removing one piece of
furniture from each room will make the space look bigger.
Preparing your home for sale can be a big job, so take it slowly and give yourself enough time to
get everything done that you have planned. The last thing you want to do is add stress to what
can already be a stressful situation! With a good plan, you can ensure that your home is ready
for buyers in no time.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a
hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes
of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true
focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all
who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips,
tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set
you up for success.