July 10, 2018 | Haley Kinard
When you decide to put your home up for sale, you want to get the best price for the place where you’ve created so many memories. But let’s face it: any home where someone has lived for several years is obviously going to need a bit of work. Neglecting to prepare your home for the housing market can mean the difference between a speedy sale and a house lingering on the market for months. Read on for some quick tips to get your house ready for potential buyers.

Declutter and Stage

One of the best ways to prepare your house for the market is to get rid of the junk. It’s surprising how much stuff we accumulate when we live in a house for several years. Knick-knacks, old furniture and toys that haven’t been played with in years are just a few of the items collecting dust and taking up space in your house. If you plan to put your home up for sale, you don’t want potential buyers to have trouble seeingthe house because all of your stuff is in the way.

Overcrowded rooms filled with unnecessary furniture and belongings makes a house seem smaller. It prevents buyers from imagining their own belongings in the space.  You have a better chance of making your home look better if you get rid of things you don’t need. Whether you donate your stuffto charity, have a yard sale, give things away or schlep them to a storage unit, your efforts will pay off by allowing you to sell your home.

Boost Its Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first things prospective buyers notice when they view your house online or in person. A house with peeling paint, mile-high grass and weeds overtaking the flowerbeds will not impress people who are house hunting. Shabby exteriors make buyers think that there will be hidden problems with your home. They believe that since the outside of the home is in bad shape, the owner has probably neglected home maintenance too. HGTV.com suggests you make sure your “home’s lawn is immaculate.” Improve your landscapingby keeping the lawn cut, pruning the shrubs and weeding the flowerbeds. Plant some pretty flowers to add a homey touch. Touch up any peeling paint and pressure wash vinyl siding. Make sure the gutters are clean too. Paint your front doorto boost your home’s value. Remember that first impressions can make or break a sale.

Neutral Colors

Speaking of paint, don’t forget to paint your home’s walls a neutral color. You may love that bright pop of purple in your living room, but that doesn’t mean a potential buyer will. People looking for a new home want to imagine themselves living in the houses they view. You can help them do so by painting the walls neutral colors so buyers can contemplate moving their own furniture into the rooms. Business Insider reports that when you paint your home “a shade somewhere between light gray and beige,” your home sells for a higher price. Neutral-colored paint makes rooms appear larger as well.

Spruce Up the Bathroom

Potential buyers notice if your home has an ugly bathroom, and ugly bathrooms are a definite turn-off. Using a bit of TLC will update any bathroom’s look. If your bathroom has missing tiles, replace them. Eliminate mold by removing old caulk, and then grouting and re-caulking. Are the bathroom fixtures from 1972? If so, replace the faucets in the sinks, bathtub and shower.

Putting your house up for sale requires ample preparation to command the best price for your home. Today’s buyers are choosier than in times past. And even if it’s currently a seller’s market, you still need to make your home as attractive and inviting as possible. When you make an effort to boost your home’s curb appeal as well as its interior appearance, you improve your chances of increasing your home’s value and selling it as quickly as possible.

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