Over the past few weeks there has been one thing weighing heavy on our minds, selling our home. We have been talking about it, worrying about it, wondering about it, and dreading the process. But most importantly, we have been preparing. Work, work, work, work, work… my life feels like a Rhianna song. As we wrap our last few tasks, we are hoping and praying that all of the planning and preparing we have done will give us an edge on the competition.
Today I wanted to share with you a few of the things we have been doing to get our home market ready.
Purge all the things.
When people come to look at your home, they don’t want to be overwhelmed by your stuff. Reduce, reduce, reduce! If you don’t need it, use it, wear it, play with it, or read it. Get it out. We did this by purchasing several storage totes and purging every single space in our house. After the totes were full, they left our home and went into storage. On a positive note this should make packing that much easier when we do sell our home 😆 .
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Clean like your life depends on it.
Once your home is decluttered you can start the process of getting it sparkling clean. From the baseboards to the ceiling fans, clean it all. My favorite way to do this was to take it one room at a time. I love being able to see results and this method keeps me rewarded.
Things to check while cleaning:
Ceiling fans & light fixtures.
Walls, door frames, & trim.
Windows and curtains.
Carpet for stains.
Cabinets, inside and out.
Walls and ceilings for cob webs.
Once your home is spotlessly cleaning, keeping it that way is more important than ever. Finding a cleaning schedule that works for you can be a huge help.
Here are a few weekly cleaning plans that may come in handy.
De-Personalize the space.
One of the hardest parts for me was making my home feel less like me. From family photos to my license plate back splash. We wanted our home to be as much of a blank canvas as possible… but not to blank. Achieving this was no easy task. We started by removing all photos of people, any holiday decorations, and put our decor down to a minimalistic style. With less of our stuff in view we are hoping that potential buyers will better imagine how they could make the space their own.
Don’t ignore the exterior.
Before anyone wants to see the inside of your home, they are likely going to see and inspect the outside. Creating a welcoming home starts at the front door. Thankfully our home already has so much character with its craftsman style and over-sized front porch. But I am scheming ways to make it seem even more inviting. We have also been busy doing regular maintenance and cleaning the outside of our home too.
Things to check on the exterior:
Manicure flower beds.
Prune bushes and trees.
Power wash exterior.
Spray for weeds.
Keep the grass cut.
Make simple repairs and updates.
The steps that you have been meaning to cover, the paint that is a little chipped, a light fixture that needs updates. Now is the time to look through your home and do all of the little jobs that people are going to notice and make a list of. The idea is to minimize the potential work that they see. You may not mind odd jobs but a lot of people want something to be “move in ready”. By making the repairs or updates yourself, you hopefully make your home and your price seem more appealing.
What would you add to my list?
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