You have a lot of things to get in order before you put your home on the market. When you sell your house, you want to get a fair price for it, and you probably want it to sell as quickly as possible. A real estate agent can give you good advice for achieving those goals. Here are some simple steps that can help you sell your home.
1. Eliminate Bad Odors
Your home should smell clean and fresh so it's appealing to buyers. You don't want to cover up bad smells with room fresheners. Instead, hunt down the source of the foul or musty odors so you can eliminate them. This might require carpet and upholstery cleaning to get rid of old pet odors or drying out a damp basement with a dehumidifier.
2. Reduce Your Belongings
If you'll be living in your house while it's on the market, then put half of your things in storage. That leaves you fewer things you have to keep orderly and clean. When your house has fewer items in it, it looks larger too, and that's appealing to buyers compared to looking at rooms full of furniture and belongings that make rooms look small and cramped.
3. Make Everything Shine
If you can't afford new paint and other cosmetic improvements, at least keep your home spotless when it's on the market. By making surfaces shiny clean, you give the impression you've taken good care of your home. You may want professional house cleaning to start and then be meticulous with cleaning until your house is sold.
4. Make A Few Inexpensive Changes
Depending on the condition of your house, you may want to make a few inexpensive upgrades. Ask your real estate agent about things that might make a difference to buyers even if they don't add value to your house. You may want to start using a spare bedroom and bathroom so you can leave the master bedroom staged with an attractive comforter and drapes. The master bath might be made more attractive with a new sink faucet and plush towels. Little changes that don't cost a whole lot could make your home more appealing.
5. Clean Up The Entry
The curb appeal of your home is important. Besides keeping grass trimmed, cleaning the entry and making it attractive helps give buyers a good impression of your home. Scrub away dirt, put down a welcome mat, place flowers or plants near the door, get rid of cobwebs, and clean or paint the door so the entry is as fresh and attractive as you can make it.