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5 Steps to Preparing Your Home for the Market


1. Get rid of personal items

 Pack every personal item you have, family pictures, or your kid’s artwork on the fridge, and other objects that might distract potential buyers and affect a possible sale. You want to present buyers with an impersonal, clean environment, furniture, and other objects that may help your house look beautiful. Taking all your personal objects of your home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize how the home might look filled with their own items.


2. Declutter Your House

We normally tend to collect a great quantity of items over the years. Discard items in a useful way by donating them to a charity or nonprofit

organization. By donating your items you can help someone in need. You can also do a yard sale in case there is something you can’t donate. Essential items that you use daily can be tucked away in small boxes that you can place in a closet when they're not in use. Consider this process an efficient way to start your packing.


3. Make Minor Repairs


Replace cracked floor or counter tiles and patch any holes in the walls. Replace the fixtures, faucets and hinges. Throw some slipcovers over used sofas. Consider painting walls neutral colors, especially if they're currently in bright colors. Replace burned-out light bulbs and consider replacing those that have been in used for a while. Avoid the potential of having a bulb blow out when you flip the light switch during a showing. Set aside a weekend to do all of these repairs so you can have time to fix all this necessary things. 


4. Brighten up your home


Throw open the curtains and blinds to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. Houses show better when each room is clean and bright. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting. Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into a space. Just make sure the plants are in good health.

Leave just enough furniture to showcase the room's purpose with plenty of room for buyers to move around. 


5. Rearrange

 Back inside your home, linger in the doorway of each room and think how a buyer will think and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Examine how the furniture is arranged and move pieces until the room achieves visual appeal. Also, get rid of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is. Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it.