Getting Ready to Put Your House on the Market

Before you put your house on your market, there are several ways to get it ready. To show your home at its best, consider taking the time to clear out and clean up.

Clear the Clutter

The first step is to take a hard look at the clutter. This is a great time to really clear out your closets and pantry. Search for outdated spices and canned goods and get rid of them. Touch everything in your closet and if it doesn’t make your heart leap, place it in a donation bag. Keep the donation bag at least a week, and if you can’t stop thinking about that pink sweater, then you can put it back in your closet before you drop the bag off at the local Goodwill.

Pack Up the Personals

Even though your grandkids’ drawings on the refrigerator make you happy every time you look at them, they will not help you sell your house. Take down all personal photographs and anything that identifies who you are and what you care about. Any potential buyer is going to want to see themselves in your home, so if your walls are covered with grunge band posters or political cartoons, for example, you’re liable to alienate home buyers before they have a chance to fall in love with your house. Rent a couple of alarmed storage units Petaluma to keep your photo albums and other personal items safe until you’re ready to move into your new home.

Mop the Mess

Your house may be clean enough for you, but is it really spotless? If a stranger ran a finger along your baseboards or looked in your utensil drawer, what would they find?  After you have downsized, do a very thorough clean from top to bottom. Potential buyers will notice dust and dirt.

Presenting your house at its best is likely to get you a higher listing price. Take a few steps to get it in tip-top shape before you ever call a real estate agent.