Article By Shirley Martin
Not taking the time to prep a home for sale is a common mistake among homeowners. Some just don’t want to spend extra time or money before listing their home, while others may not know where to start. However, prepping your home for sale doesn’t have to involve a lot of time or effort, especially when you have Properties By Design on your side. Here, we offer some tips (and a few apps) to help you get started.
Clean Everything Thoroughly
If you want to get your home ready to sell, you’ll want to make sure everything is clean and fresh. A good deep cleaning will get rid of any grime, dirt, or dust that is lurking around your home. Make sure your home looks spotless by cleaning everything from top to bottom. If you’re short on time, consider hiring a professional to get the job done quicker. Also, check in with your realtor to see how clean your home needs to be for showings.
There’s an app for that: The experts at Care.com have assembled a list of great apps to help you get your house in tip-top shape, including Tody, Home Routines, and Our Home.
Create More Curb Appeal
When potential buyers look at your home, the first thing they see is the front of your home. Creating some curb appeal can attract more people to your listing, so pay special attention to this area of your property. If you have any dead spots in your grass, resod those areas and get your lawn back in shape. Freshen up the mulch in your flower beds or give old mulch a good fluff if you are unable to buy more. Then, sweep out any leaves and dirt from your walkways and front entrance. Adding a pop of color by your front door, with some potted flowers or simple decor, can also add major curb appeal to your home.
There’s an app for that: Believe it or not, there are apps out there that can help you find ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Value Painting has a great collection of apps, including ones to help you with DIY renovations and landscaping.
Touch Up Paint Inside and Out
A must-do on any home seller’s list should be some fresh coats of paint inside and out. Pressure wash the exterior of your home before you add fresh paint. If your front door is looking dull, consider adding a little color. Inside, show your walls some love by rolling on some neutral, light colors. Take special care to get baseboards and trim looking spotless and the right shade of white to help your home appear more put together.
There’s an app for that: If you wanted to see what a color looks like on your walls before you spend a weekend with a paintbrush and, perhaps, a little regret, then download Paint My Place. This app will allow you to virtually paint your home without the extra hassle.
Get Rid of Any Clutter
Clutter can take away from your property, so set aside some time to go through and get rid of anything that is cluttering your home. This is a perfect time to get rid of items you no longer need or simply put them away in storage if you aren’t ready to part with them. Getting rid of clutter makes it easier to stage your home and create a blank canvas for potential buyers. Don’t forget to organize your storage areas, too. Clean up closets, pantries, and garages so these areas are accessible and appealing for showings.
There’s an app for that: Need some help decluttering and, possibly, finding someone to take all that stuff off your hands? If so, Popular Science has a handy list of apps that will provide you with all the assistance you need in this department.
Complete Needed Repairs
Putting off repairs may save you money now, but it could cause issues when you’re looking to sell your home. When repair issues show up during buyers’ home inspections, the offers you get are likely to be lower than you expect. Some problems could stop potential buyers from making an offer at all. So, it’s best to take care of those repairs before you list your home. Major issues such as roof leaks, plumbing problems, and electrical work should be resolved, as well as aesthetic damages that detract from your home’s beauty.
There’s an app for that: Compact Appliance has a ton of great apps to help you with any home repair project you might embark on — within reason, of course.
A Word About Apps…
Here’s the thing about apps: They often work as they should, but this is less likely to occur if you have an older phone. So, if you’re still sporting a model from a few years back, it might be time to seriously consider an upgrade. A smartphone with a top-notch chip can handle anything you throw at it. Additionally, newer phones come with a built-in camera that takes high-quality pictures, so if you go the DIY listing photography route, you can really display your home in its best light. Whichever phone you select, make sure it can do everything you want it to do.
Prepping your home for sale by completing some basic projects is a must for any homeowner. Taking care of these tasks before you list your home will save you a lot of hassle and stress later and help your home sell for more in less time, so make the effort to ensure your home is in top shape before you put it on the market.
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