We’ve heard the phrase “all the world’s a stage,” but its meaning doesn’t truly sink in until we list a house for sale. All of a sudden, your quiet, unassuming home is under a bright spotlight, scrutinized by everyone from real estate agents to discerning potential buyers. It’s a lot of pressure for home sellers. Especially when you’re juggling the stress of preparing to move!
Luckily, there are some easy ways you can doll up your house for a quick sale.
Declutter the House
It’s normal for a house that you’ve lived in for a while to get that, well, “lived-in” look. However, that doesn’t mean home buyers are interested in seeing your laundry piled up on top of the machine or hot-footing over your kid’s legos. To an interested buyer, clutter is a big distraction. It hides the clean lines and beautiful architecture of your home’s interior. It makes every room look like a messy closet instead of a beloved part of your home. You can help them focus on the many wonderful features of your home by eliminating some of that clutter. Clean floors and surfaces, like countertops and tables, are a great place to start.
Shampoo the Carpets
Carpets are one of the most popular flooring options because they feel soft and squishy underfoot, like a sponge. Unfortunately, that’s not the only trait they share with sponges: carpets also soak up dirt and bad odors like sponges! Years of foot traffic will make your carpets look dingy and flattened. It may even smell bad, like mildew or grime. Yuck! But don’t start tearing out your old carpets just yet, because there’s an easier solution: shampooing the carpets. Plus, the scented shampoo will make the room smell pleasantly fresh!
Powerwash the Exterior
As the years pass and the seasons change, it’s natural for your home’s exterior to start looking…kinda gross. Dirt, cobwebs, and mildew will hide your siding’s bright, bold colors, making your house look like a drab version of its former self. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: power washing! When you powerwash your house, you harness the power of highly pressurized water to strip away years of accumulated dirt and grime. Most houses can be power washed in just a couple of hours, and the job is way cheaper than having the entire exterior re-painted.
Spruce up the Yard
First impressions matter, especially when it comes to home buying. And the first thing potential buyers will see when they pull up to your house is the front yard. That’s why it’s important to make the landscaping neat and presentable. Mow the lawn, edge the border, and pull any weeds. Pack away any yard clutter like kid’s toys and gardening tools. If your driveway and walkway look grimy, a quick once-over with the power washer will have them looking bright and welcoming to your guests!