Things to Consider When Prepping Your House For Sale
Your home’s curb appeal makes the first and most important impression on the buyer. Whether you have oil stains on the driveway, or weeds growing as high your hip, the initial reaction to your home is critical to the buyer being able to envision themselves living in it.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when prepping the exterior of your home:
- Uproot the weeds and spray these areas with weed killer to prevent new weed growth.
- Water your grass a little more to make it greener.
- Trim hedges and bushes to ensure they do not take a buyer’s attention from the home itself.
- Sweep the dirt and leaves from your sidewalks.
- Clean off the oil stains from your driveway.
- Move your vehicle from the driveway to give a better view of the front of your home.
Interior of the home
Remove clutter and keep all areas clean and free from dust. Here are a few specific helpful aids when prepping the interior of your home:
- Clean the stove top and all surfaces of the kitchen from dirt and grease.
- Remove extra cookbooks and excess appliances from the countertops.
- Eliminate any dirty dishes from the kitchen sink and make sure to have new sink mats that are free from food debris.
- Empty the trash before each showing.
- Use cut up lemons to rub over faucets and granite to eliminate hard water residue and then use the remainder of the lemon to toss in the garbage disposal for a clean, fresh lemon smell.
- Clean your microfiber couch with a light colored sponge using a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and let dry. Use a white bristle dish brush and scrub in circles to get rid of stains and soften the material.
- Use a butter knife and fold over a rag to clean out air vents.
- Remove carpet stains with a solution of ¼ part white vinegar and ¾ part water. Spray the stain with the solution. Cover the spot with a damp rag, and iron over the stain to remove the most stubborn stains.
- Eliminate personal items from countertops.
- Clean the grout in the showers with a homemade solution of ¼ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of lemon juice, ½ cup of vinegar, and 4 cups of water. Spray solution on grout and let sit for 5 minutes. Scrub grout with a sponge, scrubber or old toothbrush and wash away with water. Scrub toilets inside and out.
- Use air fresheners for a fresh scent.
Prepping your home will take some time but giving buyers a favorable impression will get you closer to your asking price. Now isn’t that worth the extra effort?
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