9 Inexpensive Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale

Here are some of these inexpensive ways to prepare your home for sale for higher returns on the sale of your property.  A little effort, time and a few bucks can go a long way.

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Often sellers have an idea for awhile or even up to a year or more that they will be selling.  This will allow you to prepare your home at a more leisurely pace rather than deal with all the preparation and stress when time comes.

LET IT SHINE
Sparkling a home will always impress a buyer who walk into the house.  Hardly anyone complains about a clean home.  Maybe you can’t afford to do any repairs or renovations, cleaning your home would be a great start. Allow lots of natural light in.

CLEAR AND EMPTY THAT JUNK
We all talk about declutter the space for more room. Pack up or throw away all your seasonal items as well as items you aren’t using.  While furnished homes sell better than vacant homes, less is more.  Simply find a space or boxed them up and put them in storage.  A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something in 2 years, toss it!!

ORGANIZE CLOSETS AND CABINETS:

Storage is one of the important space to buyers.  If your closets are overflowing buyers will have a hard time seeing how they can fit all of their belongings in your home.   If you can clean, organize and sort out your closets down to 2/3rds full it will allow the buyer to see the storage working for their needs.  This extends to your kitchen cabinets, drawers and even your refrigerator.

GET RID OF SMELLS. BOOST THE SCENT.
Nothing can turn off a buyer more than a smell they dislike.  The fear is they won’t be able to remove it.  It could be pet smells, the smell of mildew, cooking smells, etc…  You may want to use a difuser with lemongrass essential oil scent or boil water with cinnamon sticks, lime and a drop of vanilla to freshen up the rooms.

NEUTRALIZE PAINT
If your paint job is in good shape and the colors are already neutral, walk through and touch up any spots that may need attention. Give your buyers a clean neutral palette to work with. When selling your home nothing gives a greater return than a fresh neutral paint job.

LESS IS MORE
When it comes time to sell your house, it's always best to depersonalize and minimize.  Leave enough furniture to define a room but make sure you open up the flow and space.  It will help buyers feel more spacious. It allow buyers to take ownership of the room.  Become a minimalist with your furniture when preparing to sell.  Again you are selling spaces, not your stuff. Remember less is definitely more.

DEFINE YOUR SPACES
Home buyers may need a little help.  Make sure each room has a clearly defined use as well as use them for their intended use.  A bedroom should look like a bedroom, not into a gym full of equipment.  Often if you don’t define spaces you leave buyers confused.  For example what defines a bedroom is simply a bed with a nightstand and a table lamp and a small dresser, that’s it.  Nothing else is needed to define a bedroom space, yet, it tells the buyer what the room is.

SIMPLE SWAP OF FIXTURES FOR NEW LOOK
There are many great suppliers and resources out there to buy light fixtures, faucets and cabinet hardware. It's easy and inexpensive. Replacing some outdated fixtures can really give new look to freshen up your home and more appealing to buyers. Consider swapping out or switch an outlet plates that are outdated or rusty.

LET THE LIGHT IN
Window treatment can be highly personalized and certainly can impede the natural light getting in.  Consider removing heavy draperies and if you feel you need privacy, use simple sheers pulled aside instead.  Certainly nothing is wrong with having absolutely no window treatments at all.  Keep it simple and make sure you let lots of the natural light into your space.

FINAL THOUGHT ON INEXPENSIVE WAY TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE
Hopefully this post has provided you with some very inexpensive ways to prepare your home for your upcoming sale.  Sometimes small thing can provide a big impact either in your return on dollars or it will make selling your home much easier with less aggravation.  Again, schedule with your experience Certified Home Stager in early so they can help and provide you valuable recommendation so you can decide what is the most bang for your buck.  Happy Selling.