Clean, Clean, Clean
The best way to get a house to move is to keep it spotless. That means beds made every day, no dishes left in the sink, everything picked up and put in its place. After everything is picked up then you break out the cleansers. Buyers want a spotless house.
Keep it furnished
Buyers want to see how the place looks with furniture. So get rid of unnecessary clutter, but keep the furniture in place as long as you can. Without furniture people feel as though the home is empty and lonely and have a hard time imagining their belongings in place.
If you have access, borrow original paintings and other art that compliment the room’s décor. Pack away any family photos and other personal touches as they will distract the buyer. Yes, that means nothing on the refrigerator no matter how precious your niece’s drawings may be. Keeping a small bouquet of fresh flowers as a centerpiece on the table will give the house a fresh feel, and keeping a plug-in air freshener around will give the house a fresh smell.
Anything that is a quick fix, get it done. Loose cabinet doors and chipped paint are a huge distraction and immediately draw the eye away from all the other great aspects of the house. If you are in the middle of a remodel job, make sure to finish it completely before buyers see the house.
Don’t Neglect the Yard
Sellers get caught up in the fact that people are buying the house and seem to forget the yard goes with it. Curb appeal is a huge part of the sale, and often that first impression makes or breaks the deal. Keep the yard mowed, flowers planted, and the place weed free in order to make it stand out the instant a potential buyer drives up.
There are a lot of small things that the seller can do to make sure the house moves quickly. While they may not seem like much on their own, when they are all neglected the house can seem stale and boring. A little effort here and there can help the seller get the best price for the house. In the end if it feels like too much work, there are many interior design professionals that the seller can hire to get the house ready to sell.
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