Prep Your House and Help It Sell
If you're getting ready to sell your house, you know it may not be easy. Even though the real estate market is recovering from last decade's crash, there is still a lot of competition out there, in the form of good-looking, competitively priced homes. As a hopeful seller, you'll find it helps toPosted — Updated
Once you've done a major housekeeping overhaul, keep your home at that level of clean all the time. Scrub and shine regularly. Try tricks like swapping your shoes for slippers as soon as you get in the door, so your flooring will stay clean. This may sound a little extreme but the bottom line is that your home will be ready for viewing at a moment's notice.
If you don’t have the time or inclination for this type of intensive tidying, consider hiring a cleaning service until you accomplish your goal -- sucessfully selling your home.
Start by decluttering. There's nothing more personal -- in a bad way -- than a tangle of toys, clothes, papers, and so on, all over the house. So get rid of it. You know the drill: sort, give away or trash, store. You've probably even tried it few times in the past, but now you've got major motivation.
Another essential way to depersonalize your digs is by modifying your decor. Out with the anime posters and souvenir ashtrays. In with muted art prints and potted plants.
When you're putting your home on the market, you may want to spend the minimum on the property, especially if you are hoping to upsize to a larger (and more expensive!) residence. However, a small investment is likely to pay off in the long run, in terms of a faster sale and a better price.
Nothing says "Buyer beware" more than leaking faucets or flickering lights. Lay out the cash to have a plumber or electrician take care of basic repairs inside your house.