97 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

97 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

  1. Open the draperies, pull up the shades and let in the sunlight.
  2. Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night. Open the curtains during the day.
  3. Install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly—in its best light.
  4. Remove all clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.
  5. Create the illusion of spaciousness.
  6. If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
  7. Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
  8. Have a family emergency “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary.
  9. Air out your home one half hour before the showing if possible.
  10. Lightly spray the room with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse and air before the buyer arrives.
  11. Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before the showing and place it in an out of the way place in the kitchen.
  12. Create a master “suite” effect in your decorating.
  13. Make sure that beds are made and the linens and curtains are fresh and clean.
  14. Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage.
  15. Bathrooms should always be kept spotlessly clean.
  16. Do not leave towels around and wipe down the shower areas after each use.
  17. Recaulk if the caulking is not sparkling white!
  18. Put out fresh towels and decorative soap for showings.
  19. Set the scene by setting the table! Highlight the potential of your dining room by setting a grand dining table!
  20. The kitchen should always be kept spotlessly clean.
  21. Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.
  22. Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner.
  23. Shampoo all carpets and vacuum them daily.
  24. If the carpet does not clean up well you should Replace It!
  25. Improve traffic flow through every room and create a feeling of spaciousness in every room by removing unnecessary furniture, knick knacks, hobby items, children’s items, etc.
  26. However, try to avoid creating a “sterile”looking environment.
  27. Remove all grease from range hoods, ovens, stove tops, walls, etc.
  28. Clean rubbish out of the fireplace and keep it clean in the winter.
  29. If you have numerous family photo’s put them away until your home is under contract. Perspective buyers will feel more like it can be their home if they aren’t aware of your family photo memories.
  30. Remove all unnecessary items from the attic, basement, garage, tool shed, and especially from the storage area if you have one.
  31. Rent a storage area for these items or have a yard sale.
    Straighten, tidy, and remove unnecessary items from all closets. Put unnecessary items in storage.
  32. Fix the Front Door Bell!
  33. Invest in a new door mat.
  34. Make sure the front door, storm door, screen door, etc. work wonderfully!
  35. Create the feeling of a spacious entry area by using decorating accents, mirrors, rugs, etc. and by removing all unnecessary clutter.
  36. Regardless of the season, tackle spring cleaning. Clean everything in your home from top to bottom, from the attic to the basement!
  37. Wash all windows, inside and out.
  38. Curtains should be fresh, clean and attractive.
  39. Clean all light bulbs, light fixtures and chandeliers to brighten the home.
  40. Remove all smoke odors, pet odors, and odors resulting from hobbies.
  41. Straighten, tidy and remove unnecessary items from all closets. Create the feeling of spacious closets.
  42. Put all unnecessary items in storage or invest in under-the-bed storage boxes.
  43. Remove posters and adhesive from walls and doors and putty any holes resulting from nails or other mishaps.
  44. Depersonalize teenagers rooms and decorate in a neutral temperament.
  45. Clean or paint the basement walls and floor.
  46. Paint all inside walls with off-white paint. Use two or more coats to cover bold, bright or dark walls.
  47. All walls should be painted, not just washed. This will brighten the home and make it look bigger.
  48. Repair or replace all doors, closet doors, and/or windows and screens so that they open with ease.
  49. Repair or replace banisters and handrails.
  50. Repair or replace broken tiles on walls, floors or in showers/tubs.
  51. Repair or replace loose or dangling wall paper.
  52. If the basement shows any signs of water or structural damage it may be necessary to obtain a structural engineer’s report.
  53. Replace all toilet bowls if you cannot get them spotlessly clean.
  54. Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
  55. Replace the washers in faucets and remove rust stains form basins.
  56. Water and prune all plants.
  57. Use plants in transitional areas of your home between inside and out.
  58. Either get rid of dying plants or keep them out of sight.
  59. Remove any excess extension cords and exposed wires.
  60. Open doors to areas you want the potential buyer to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attic, basement, etc.
  61. Close all other closet doors and cabinets.
  62. Make the most of your attic’s potential.
  63. Make the attic as pleasant as possible by airing it out, and decorating if possible.
  64. Add visual appeal to stairways, especially in unfinished stairways to the basement.

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