In our last post about selling your Glenmore home, we talked about what you need to do outside. Now it’s time to go inside and do some work there. This is going to be rather involved, but if it means you can sell your home quickly, then the effort is worth it.
First of all, how does your house smell? Is it pleasant or unpleasant? If it’s the latter, open the windows and air things out, as well as take out the trash and recycling. Empty Kitty’s litter box. While your house is on the market, be aware of what you are cooking and avoid anything that smells bad. Pay attention to your pets to see Fido and Fluffy are adding to the atmosphere. Liberally spraying air fresheners around the house is not a good idea, as it could trigger an allergic reaction in a prospective buyer, so deal with any smell issues before your house goes on the market.
Now, starting in the foyer, walk around and start dealing with all the piles of debris that have accumulated. Recycle stacks of magazines and put books back on the shelves. Put shoes and sports gear away. Never, ever leave dirty dishes out. Make the beds. This will be an ongoing, daily process while your house is on the market.
The next step is to go back through your house and reduce clutter even further. If you have family photos arranged on the piano, consider putting most of all of them away. (You’ll need to pack them for your move anyway, so you might as well get started now.) It’s spring, so box up your winter clothes and gear so that your closets look larger and less full. If your children have 75,426 Legos in their toy room, reduce that number by at least 95% so that the mess is at a minimum. The idea here is to make your house look large and spacious by taking out as much as you can.
Next, is your house clean? We don’t mean quickly wiping down counters clean — we mean sparkling and gleaming clean. This part is hard, but it’s oh so important. There can be no crumbs on the kitchen table or water spots on the bathroom mirrors. The toilets and tubs must look showroom new. The walls and trim need to be free of smudges. No dust bunnies can float out from under dressers or sofas.
Finally, is the house in good repair? Are all the lights working, the appliances running smoothly, the doors open and close without squeaking, and so forth? While some prospective buyers don’t mind taking care of some projects when they move in, most expect near-perfection.
This list is long, but if you prepare properly, your house will show well and should sell quickly.
If you have any questions or need advice, we encourage you to talk with one of our agents to get the information you need.