5 Incredibly Important Steps for Prepping Your Home For Sale in Spring

Guest Post via HomeAdvisor Selling your home can be an extensive process, but you don’t want to spend too much time preparing. As we come into the spring and summer real estate market, take quick steps to get your home ready to sell. Here are some of the essential prep steps: #1 Clean your home. […]

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Selling your home can be an extensive process, but you don’t want to spend too much time preparing. As we come into the spring and summer real estate market, take quick steps to get your home ready to sell. Here are some of the essential prep steps:

#1 Clean your home.

Your home needs to be spotless before buyers start walking through. So make a to-do list of all the rooms and what to clean. Think about cleaning windows, repainting any walls that are particularly scratched or smudged, and cleaning grout and floors. Other cleaning to-dos may include:

  • Bathroom: Clean mirrors, wash out shower/tub, wipe countertops, mop floors
  • Bedroom(s): Wash linens (curtains, bedsheets, cover), vacuum, dust
  • Living Room: Clean furniture, vacuum carpet, dust
  • Kitchen: Wipe down appliances and countertops, dust cabinets, clean out refrigerator, mop floor

You can also save time by hiring a professional cleaning service to come through your home. They can do every room in your home in less time than it would take you to do it; that way, you can spend more time on other projects.

#2 Depersonalize.

When buyers walk into your home, they want to see themselves living there. So if you have a lot of personal items scattered across the house, they’re less likely to feel at home. Remove your personal photos, art, and plants. This also will apply to big furniture, most of your small appliances and any clothing you aren’t wearing often. If you need more help depersonalizing your home and staging it for buyers, you can hire a home stager for about $600.

#3 Increase curb appeal.

Your curb appeal will be one of the essential components to selling your home this year. It’s important to trim the bushes and trees, mow the lawn and water any flowers or shrubs. Some other curb appeal tips include:

  • Power or pressure washing the siding
  • Adding more flowers and shrubs around the sidewalk or front porch
  • Washing the windows
  • Painting the front door a bold color
  • Cleaning the gutters

#4 Think about your home inspection.

If your market is a buyer’s market, or if your house needs help selling, consider getting a home inspector out to the house. Buyers will have a home inspection performed beforehand, so why not save some time? You can find any problems that might impede the sale and fix them. This could include leaky pipes, holes in the roof or electrical wires in need of repair. Addressing these issues could make the difference in whether or not you get an offer on your home.

#5 Invest in small projects.

You should never spend thousands of dollars on major renovations like a bathroom or kitchen remodel. Rather, think about the smaller updates you can make to increase appeal. Maybe your kitchen countertops need to be replaced. Maybe your bathtub tile needs to be regrouted. Some of the best investments include a new paint job, front door replacement or hardwood floor refinishing. You can always ask your realtor what’s trending in the area and what helps to sell a home.

Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+

 

Lindsay is the the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and recently welcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016. Lindsay and her two Joes love spending their time playing with their cat Rory, watching sports and vacationing in Cape Cod.

3 Comments

  1. barkway
    May 30, 2015

    Easy for people who have money for these things, the time to do them, or aren’t too sick to do them. My home has value, according to the tax record, (and in our case, a desirable location and school) regardless of the state of its contents. If you want it, it’s “as is.”

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    • Marcia Hadeler
      February 7, 2017

      Hi. I know how you feel! Time and $ make it hard to do it all yourself. However, some real estate agents will help you get your home in better shape for sale. They will provide house cleaners, carpet layers, painters, etc… and will foot the bill initially and then you repay them out of the proceeds at closing. I have done this for many clients and it is truly a win-win as the seller makes more money but doesn’t “feel” it because it comes out at closing.

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    • Klamathhome
      March 10, 2017

      You should also consider that tax records have very little to do with actual value and more to do with collecting revenue. Just because your tax statement says the value is $200,000 does not mean that the actual market value is the same. The condition, availability, and exposure will be determining factors despite whatever your tax statement says. It might even be possible that the tax statement stated value is low if the condition is upgraded.

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