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10 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale

Check off everything on this list before putting your home on the market. 

One tip for preparing your home for sale is to clean thoroughly.

If you are wondering how to prepare your home for sale this spring, read on for tips to impress discerning homebuyers so that your home sells quickly and at the highest possible price. Follow our home selling checklist and get the “SOLD” sign ready to go!

1. Clean thoroughly

Homebuyers are searching for an immaculate, well-maintained home. To ensure your house shines, be sure to wash all windows, clean the carpet and drapes, mop and wax floors, wash baseboards and light fixtures, and wipe down your appliances. Consider hiring a highly-rated cleaning service to help you maintain the cleanliness of your home while it’s on the market.

2. Declutter everything

A cluttered home can deter homebuyers. Take the time to sort through your belongings and sell, donate, or discard anything you no longer need. Remember, homebuyers may open your closets, drawers, and cabinets, so be sure they’re neatly organized. Pack away any books, knickknacks, and personal items in your garage or storage unit, if needed.

Check out these 9 decluttering secrets from professional organizers.

3. Improve curb appeal 

When getting your home for sale, it’s not all about what’s on the inside. Homebuyers value curb appeal too. Give your exterior some TLC by repairing or replacing your siding, power washing your driveway, mowing your lawn, trimming overgrown bushes and trees, weeding flower beds, removing dead plants, and even adding a wreath or welcome sign to your front door for an inviting touch. Remember that if your home looks like messy on the outside, homebuyers may not be enticed to check out the inside.

4. Repair or replace the roof

An old or leaky roof can discourage homebuyers from making an offer because they may fear that it will cause serious problems down the road. If your roof leaks, sags, or is unsightly, hire an experienced roofing contractor to assess whether it needs repair or replacement. You’ll not only add an estimated $20,000 in value to your home but also give homebuyers the peace of mind they deserve.

Wondering how much a new roof costs? Check out these five factors that influence the price.

5. Let in natural light

Natural light can do wonders for your home. Before an open house, simply open your windows, blinds, and drapes to allow sun rays to flow into your room. A well-lit space can also make your home appear larger and more inviting. Does your home lack natural light? Consider adding light-filling skylights to dark spaces like hallways, closets, and other living areas that need brightening.

Discover 5 benefits of adding skylights to your home.

6. Update kitchen and bathrooms 

Both major and minor kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects can help you get top dollar for your home. Hire a home renovation expert with an in-house sales and design team to make the process easy. Updates when preparing your home for sale include creating an open-concept kitchen, installing or refacing cabinets, adding natural stone countertops, and replacing floors, lighting, and appliances. In your bathrooms, re-think the layout, update the tiling, repair caulking in tubs and showers, paint the walls, add a new vanity, and replace your toilet if it leaks or shows wear.

7. Fix small issues

Keep in mind that homebuyers pay attention to details. If they notice a dripping faucet, loose doorknobs, cracked countertops, or any other seemingly small issues, they may be turned off. When you’re ready to sell your home, walk through your home with a fine-tooth comb to identify anything that needs repair. If you’re handy, take the next few weekends to fix these issues. If you need to, call in the help of a repair person skilled in a variety of trades.

8. Get rid of bulky furniture

Homebuyers are attracted to spacious rooms, so be sure to remove any bulky furniture or other barriers to an open and natural flow in your home. Arrange your furniture in a way that highlights each room’s best features.

Get more tips for home staging that will show off your home’s best features here.

9. Replace outdated wallpaper with neutral paint

Old wallpaper can make your home seem ancient. To give it a facelift, remove outdated wallpaper and paint the walls in neutral colors, like beige, ivory, or gray.

Check out 7 homebuyer-friendly paint colors that can boost the value of your home here.

10. Replace flooring

Worn or dated flooring is undesirable to homebuyers who are looking for a fresh start in a new home. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood, vinyl, or another material, shop local flooring suppliers for replacements. To thoroughly impress buyers, choose a durable material in high traffic areas and stick to neutral color tones and patterns that will appeal to the masses. If you’re on a budget, you may be able to save money by purchasing in-stock or remnant flooring.

This home selling checklist can help you list your home with confidence and increase your chances of a profitable sale. For remodeling help when preparing your home for sale, call our sales and design team at 608.709.7517 or visit our showroom in Waunakee