Tips for Prepping Your House for a Faster Sale

Tips for Prepping Your House for a Faster Sale

Selling your house can be a pain, and it can take months. In fact, depending on the market, it could even take years. Market aside, there are other factors that could be keeping your home from selling, like location (which you really can’t do anything about) and the amount of work it needs done to be livable.

Yes, you can sell a house as a fixer upper, but you are going to get less money from it, and you may have a harder time selling than you would if you had a place that was already ready for someone to move in and make it a home. Here are some things that can make your home look more appealing to buyers.

Spruce Up The Outside

Start with the outside of your home. First impressions are important, and an unkempt lawn full of clutter can distract from an otherwise sellable house. Mow, do some DIY landscaping for cheap, and just keep things neat and tidy outside. You don’t need to repave the driveway or anything, but a spruced up lawn can make a huge difference in selling your home.

You should also look at the outside of the house as well. You may need to get some roof repairs done, or at least be able to let the prospective buyers know what kind of work it may need. You may also want to rent a power washer to clean your siding and give the home a fresh new look.

Clean Up The Inside

While you may want your home to be somewhat staged, to help people be able to imagine what it would look like if that were their couch in the living room, or so they know their hutch would look great in that entry way, you don’t want to have personal effects around that make it feel less like it could be their home.

You also want to make sure your house is clean inside. Deal with stains, mold, and clutter before you start showing the place. Shampoo the carpet, sweep and mop all linoleum floors, and make sure that beds are made. If you’ve had pets in the house you also want to make sure you’ve dealt with any of the odors they may have left behind.

Make It Feel Welcoming

Many home sellers know that some tricks of the trade can really sell a home, like the smell of fresh baked cookies. Certain scents make people feel like they are at home and welcomed, like baked goods. If baking isn’t your forte, try simmering some orange peels, cloves, and vanilla in a pot of water on the oven for a fresh fall scent.

Make sure that the home has ample lighting, but that it isn’t too intense either. Home shoppers want to see what they are looking at and getting into, but they also want to feel comforted and relaxed, not blinded.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.