In today’s market, selling a house can be very difficult. Many people think that if they had enough money they could do some unique landscaping and work on all those projects that they show on the Home and Garden channel, but then even if you did have the money would you want to put it all into something you are trying to sell? I sat down with Cherise Cartwright, a local realtor with Washburn and Associates, to ask her for a few tips on how to get your house market ready, while staying on a budget.
Freeing your home of the precious artwork on the refrigerator can be bitter sweet, but necessary. Removing clutter highlights your homes strengths and hides its weaknesses. It appeals to more buyers. Remember, the buyer wants to see themselves in the house, so remove those personalized items and extra family photos off the mantle. Clear off any flat surface like end tables, night stands, kitchen counter tops. Keep paper clutter in a drawer.
Second, Refresh and Renew
Your old house will soon be someone’s new home. So make it just that, new! Remove old towels, shower curtains and floor mats, invest in some inexpensive new ones from a big box store or discount dollar store. If you are a skilled painter, roll on a fresh coat of paint in the heavy traffic areas of your home. Paint is inexpensive and an easy way to cover up wall spots, stains, or chips. Got a Georgia Bulldogs red wall that you love? That may not appeal to a Florida Fan, and may deter them from a home purchase that may have been perfect for them. Keep everything neutral from painted walls to decor.
Finally, Clean and Landscape.
Do a deep cleaning of your house! This means get those carpets shampooed, the baseboards dusted, and those windows sparkling! Plant some annuals in the flower pots by the front door and trim the hedges.
Cleaning up the landscape will give the illusion that you have more landscaping than you really do and you won’t be stuck digging and weeding flower beds to keep them up. A few low cost flowers can go a long way. The variety of flower does not matter but the more color the better!
Whenever there is a showing scheduled, bake some fresh cookies! The smell of the fresh baked cookies is an added home touch that you’ve probably heard about before.
Cherise also suggested renting a storage unit for about a month (there is usually an introductory rate of $1 for the first month rent) to put your personal items like trophies, ride on toys, and seasonal items that would usually be in a closet. This makes your home look and feel more spacious. She also suggested buying large plastic bins for books, stuffed animals, dolls and winter coats. These bins went into the climate controlled storage unit. This step makes it easier when it is time to unpack in your new home.
When you are getting ready to sell your house, make sure to try these easy and inexpensive tips and hopefully your home will sell quicker than you imagined it would!