Ten Cheap Ways to Prepare your Home for Sale

With home values down, sellers are reluctant to spend more than they need to in preparing their homes for sale. It is often necessary to do certain things to make your home more attractive and they don't need to be expensive.

Here are somethings you can do to prepare your home for sale that won't bust your budget:

  1. Paint your front door--you probably have the paint left over from the last time. Remember, first impressions are key!
  2. Clean the windows--if you don't want to spend the money for a professional, pull out your cleaning supplies and push up your sleeves and do it yourself.
  3. Sort through the linen closet--most of us have towels stashed in there that we would never hang out for company...time to turn them into rags. 
  4. Put away your off season clothes--it will make your closets look bigger and more spacious.
  5. Trim the bushes and bag the leaves--this will make your garden look fresher and well kept.
  6. Walk the yard and throw things away--old plant pots and broken toys should be tossed. 
  7. Clean out your cabinets--yes, purchasers will open your cabinets--and your drawers and your closets. Clean them out!
  8. Re-caulk your tubs and showers--Buyers will look to see if you do this sort of routine maintenance, so do it!
  9. Wipe down the switch plates and light switches. Your house can be really clean, but if the switch plates are dirty or paint splattered, buyers will notice.
  10. Clean all doors. You open and close your doors every day. Overtime, they get grungy. Wipe them down through out the house.
As you can see, many of these tasks cost no more than your time and the cost of cleaning supplies, but they will make  a big difference in how your home shows to prospective buyers.

If you are planning to sell your Northern Virginia home and  are interested in learning more about some of the suggestions I make to my listing clients, feel free to call or email me and we can set up a confidential appointment.

 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsHolly Weatherwax • November 29 2011 06:50AM
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