How to Prep Your Home for Sale this Spring

How to create curb appeal to help sell your home this Spring

Looking to sell your house this Spring? With so many homes on the market, you need to make yours stand out if you want to attract homebuyers and command top dollar. Spruce up your property with some careful planning and cleaning to impress potential buyers. Here are some tips:

Declutter and Depersonalize

Buyers want to envision living in your home. Make sure to pack up or store any items that may be distracting to a buyer.

  • Clear out any items of furniture you don’t regularly use. Throw it away, donate it, or consider renting a temporary storage facility.
  • Pack up your knickknacks.
  • Clear off countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Remove books from bookcases.
  • Shred and dispose of paperwork that may be lying around.
  • Put any items you use daily in a box and store in a closet when buyers view your home.
  • Organize closets and drawers. Messy storage spaces can be a turnoff. Taking the time to organize shows a buyer you care about your house.

Clean and Organize Your Home

If you want to wow buyers, make sure your house is spotless.

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Dust ceiling fans blades, light fixtures, blinds, and baseboards.
  • Clean appliances.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean the inside of your refrigerator.
  • Vacuum every day.
  • Clean and mop tile and wood floors. Wax if needed.
  • Replace old rugs and towels on racks.
  • Deodorize musty smelling areas.

Have some free time after cleaning and considering making some upgrades? Check out these inexpensive home upgrade projects.

Inspect and Make Repairs

Do a thorough inspection of your home and make any repairs needed. You don’t want a buyer finding a problem during a walkthrough.

  • Replace cracked floors or tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix doors that squeak or don’t close properly, and kitchen drawers that stick.
  • Paint walls neutral colors (buyers like to see a blank canvas).
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Inspect your walls and floors for water damage.
  • Fix plumbing and roof leaks.
  • Repair broken seals on windows.
  • Exterminate any rodent or insect problems.
  • Replace old light fixtures, bathroom mirrors, or bathroom and cabinet hardware.
  • Complete any home improvement projects you have underway.

Feel like there are some repairs you want to do yourself? Before you do, read our tips on how to start your next DIY project with safety in mind.

Create Curb Appeal to Help Sell Your Home

The outside of your home is the first impression people while receive when viewing your house. If prospective buyers drive up and don’t like the way your house looks from the outside, you’ve lost a potential sale before they even get through the door.

  • Make your house number clearly visible.
  • Clear and sweep your sidewalks.
  • Take care of your lawn (mow, mulch, fertilize, de-weed).
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Plant flowers or other attractive plants to make your yard more attractive.
  • Paint worn window trim.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Clean your chimney.
  • Repair shingles on the roof.
  • Pressure wash your exterior siding.
  • Make a welcoming entrance. Paint the door, replace damaged hardware, and declutter the entranceway.

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