Your Home’s Interior
Creating the right atmosphere can welcome potential buyers into your home. You want the people who may buy your home to feel as if they could live in your home. Make the effort now, and you may reap the rewards in a quick, hassle free sale.
Doors and Windows
- Keep windows clean with no streaks. Make them sparkle. Of course, if screens are damaged, replace them, and if outdoor trees and bushes interfere with lighting or a view, prune them.
- Open the curtains, make sure they frame the window properly, and are clean and neat.
- Ensure that hinges are oiled and do not squeak.
- Keep doors clean and if necessary, re-paint your front door.
- Make sure all door and window locks work easily.
- Stairways and hallways should be neat and clean.
Floors and Carpets
- Repair or replace missing or damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards.
- Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
- Secure loose carpeting and replace damaged areas.
Closets and Storage Areas
This is a great time for spring-cleaning. You will need to clean out all those closets soon enough as you will be moving?since storage space is so important to the potential buyer, keep them as neat and uncluttered as possible.
- Do your pre-moving clean-up and throw out or store unnecessary items.
- Store infrequently used counter-top items.
- Keep drawers and cabinets tidy and organized.
- Bedrooms are usually private rooms in your home. It is important that potential buyers are welcome in your bedrooms and that they appear neat, tidy and inviting.
- Arrange furniture to allow a spacious atmosphere.
- Make your beds every day: children’s rooms too, and make a point of fluffing the pillows, using a nice duvet cover.
- Walls should be clean. Touch up the paint and check the wallpaper for areas where it needs spot repairs.
- Make your guests feel comfortable in your home. Make sure you have candles, flowers, and new tablecloths.
- Welcome the potential buyer into your home by making sure that children’s toys, paper work and other clutter or personal items are stored away while you are showing your home.
- Dust counter tops, tabletops, and vacuum everywhere.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Keep the kitchen and bathrooms super clean.
Go through these rooms as if you were staying in a luxury hotel.
Keep counters free of clutter.
- Store all cleaning supplies neatly in an out of the way place.
- Hang clean, fresh towels.
- Add flowers and candles or burn essential oils to make these rooms more appealing.
- Have you considered that this would be a nice time to have some cider simmering on your stove, or some other pleasant smelling hearth warming food?
Garage or Workshop
- Items should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units.
- Allow appropriate space for the homebuyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
- Consider moving excess or over-sized items to mini-storage.