Thinking of Selling? Here are Some Tips on Preparing the Interior.

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If your goal is to sell your home quickly and for an excellent price, you will need to prepare both the interior and exterior of your home, before it is listed. Here are a few tips on preparing the interior.
 
1. De-clutter. You are moving, so why not get started packing?

Why de-clutter? Cluttered rooms hide their true size. In other words, de-cluttering will make every room appear to be larger, which is what you want. The more square footage the better!

a. Remove all furniture that: 1) limits movement within a room; 2) isn’t absolutely needed; 3) is badly worn or damaged.

b. Pack up some of the books and photos on your shelves and or bookcases, which will make the home more appealing and spacious. (If bookshelves are full… it may appear there’s inadequate shelving.)

c. Pack up some of your clothing, so your closets don’t look too full. A packed closet will appear to be smaller than it is. (If a closet is full…. A buyer might wonder if there’s enough closet space.) Organize your clothing so everything is neat and trim looking. Neatness is important, just like cleanliness.

2. Clean. You wouldn’t want someone else’s mess so don’t expect someone else will want yours.

Clean, clean and clean some more. Every room and appliance (e.g., stove, microwave, and refrigerator) needs to be spotless. Bathrooms must sparkle. If the carpeting is worn and soiled, have it professionally cleaned or replaced. An untidy home is an indication that the home hasn’t been well cared for and deferred maintenance items are likely present, if not visible. Tip: clean the outside & inside of the windows too!!

If you’re a smoker, clean the carpeting, draperies and furniture to remove as much of the odor as possible. Then don’t smoke in the house. (Also, white vinegar absorbs odors, so give it a try.)

3. Paint colors & wallpaper. No, purple doesn’t work!

a. If your interior paint colors are anything darker than a light shade of yellow, consider changing the colors to more neutral colors. The rooms will look larger and more appealing. A child’s room might be the only exception. Young ladies like pink, but recognize the buyer may have a boy. Don’t risk losing a buyer over an undesirable paint color. Remember our goal is a quick sale!!

b. Remove the wallpaper. Nobody likes it and certainly nobody wants to tackle the task of removing it…. This will take some effort, but will be worth the trouble, since otherwise you’ll be limiting the size of your potential pool of buyers. Remember our goal is a quick sale!!Al is a quick sale!!

c. Valuables must be removed from the home or placed in a home safe.

d. De-personalize your home!! Most every buyer is curious about the current owner. Don’t tempt them to study your photos, instead of the features of your beautiful, sparkling home. Remember, you invested time, effort and money to prepare your home. Now make sure they see it!

e. Let in the sunlight: open those blinds… drapes. Why? Sunshine is cheery, while darkness may be depressing and also reduces the size of the room.

f. If the house is vacant: Consider staging the home with a limited amount of furniture. Some furniture is better than none. An empty home with carpeting will highlight any worn or soiled areas of the carpet.

g. Basements: Even if the basement is unfinished or only a cellar with a dirt floor, make sure it’s tidy and as clean as possible!! Keep the cleanliness and tidiness theme alive in every room even in unfinished sections of the home. Buyers will venture into cellars, since that’s probably where the furnace is located.

Please feel free to add your comments, as these tips are what I’ve found to be helpful. You probably have some additional ideas to share. 🙂

Photo: Flickr creative commons by Threthny.

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