Springtime is here, and you know what that means? Spring cleaning! This long-standing tradition has many benefits that are fulfilling on both a personal and financial level. The same is true of staging your house for selling, especially during this season. According to Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst for CBS News, more house sales are happening “As the housing market recovers and prices rise” (1). So now’s a good time to get your home spruced up for a potential buyer and here are some suggestions to help you get a definite sale.
Tip 1: Make it Pretty
It’s important to make a good first impression when you’re staging your house to other people, especially when it comes to curb appeal. This term refers to the general entryway of a house and how it looks will determine whether buyers take an interest in your home or not. For instance, Realtor Magazine suggests you “Wipe down your front door, give the doormat a good shake/vacuum, and make sure dust and dirt haven’t collected on outdoor furniture” (1).
Tip 2: Keep it Simple
Many homebuyers are looking for a place that looks fresh and inviting, so decluttering your house is key. Some ideas Pat Esswein of Kiplinger magazine offers is to “rearrange furniture to improve traffic flow” and “make your decor less reflective of your personal tastes” (1). In other words, try to make your house easier to walk through and not as attached to you since you’re trying to sell it to people who might have different preferences.
Tip 3: Clean it Up
As stated above, a tidy house is always more appealing than a messy one. According to HGTV, “A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing” (1). This goes for not just the interior but also the exterior of the house. For example, the yard should be clear of debris and look nice for potential buyers.
Tip 4: Make Sure Everything’s Working
Apart from cleaning your home, it’s also good to “make sure all light bulbs in the house are working…fix any leaky faucets, and recaulk the showers and tubs” (Schlesinger 1). Things like this will impress buyers more because it shows the house is in good condition.
Tip 5: Do the Necessary Repairs
Fixing appliances and furniture can be costly at times, but there are ways to keep costs down when you’re trying to sell your home. When replacing some old things, for instance, “The new stuff needn’t be top-of-the-line, just clean and current” (Esswein 1). Therefore, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to repair your home for selling.
Esswein, Pat Mertz. “Prepping Your Home for a Sale.” Kiplinger, 31 March 2010, http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T010-C000-S002-prepping-your-home-for-a-sale.html. Accessed 26 March 2017.
HGTV. “Staging Tips for Spring.” www.hgtv.com, 2017, http://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/staging-tips-for-spring. Accessed 26 March 2017.
Realtor Magazine. “How to Clean When Your Home is For Sale.” National Association of Realtors, 2017, http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/handouts-for-customers/for-sellers/how-clean-when-your-home-for-sale. Accessed 26 March 2017.
Schlesinger, Jill. “How to Sell Your Home This Spring.” Money, 22 March 2016, http://time.com/money/4267458/home-for-sale-tips-selling/?iid=sr-link6. Accessed 26 March 2017.