What is the Biggest Bang for my Buck when Prepping my House for Sale?
Welcome to the second article in our series of blogs for prepping your home for sale on a budget. We want to walk you through the project of getting your home ready to put on the market. We want to make it as easy as possible. We are going to share with you our expertise, show you how to prepare on budget without breaking the bank, and most importantly have a real impact in the visual appeal of your house.
One of the biggest questions we get asked is “how do I get the top dollar for my house without putting money into it.” We know that when you are ready to sell your house, the last thing you want to do is put a lot of money into it, however, if you want to get top dollar for it, it can be a necessary evil, but realize, even a small budget can go a long way.
This step involves removing excess clutter and furniture. This is the most inexpensive way to change the look of your house and add a wow factor that buyers want to see. Staging your home to make it less personal is a key factor. Buyers do not want to see how your house personalized for yourself; they want to see how they can make it their own. By simplifying the rooms, you remove your personalization and allow their imagination to bring them home.
Removing Excess Clutter and Furniture
What we don’t realize is most homes contain too much furniture. Less furniture will make the rooms appear bigger, removing 2 to 3 pieces of furniture per room, you will open the space up. The best option is to rent a storage unit to place the furniture in, until your house sells, depending on how much you have, you can invest $75-$150 for a month to store your pieces in until your house has sold.
Make sure as you remove your furniture you also declutter:
- Remove all personal photographs from tables and walls.
- Patch holes in the walls or hang non-personalized artwork over the existing nails.
- Pack up your bookcases (you're going to move anyway).
- Clean out the closets and store non-essential items.
- Rearrange your kitchen pantry, kitchen cabinets, and bedroom closets in an orderly manner.
Thoroughly Clean the House
You can hire a professional cleaning crew for about $300 or do it yourself for free. If you choose the do it yourself option, download or make yourself a checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything. Buyers are inspectors and notice little things, so don’t forget the nooks and crannies.
- Rent a carpet steamer and clean the carpets. You may find they do not need to be replaced.
- Be sure to wash the inside of the windows, window sills, and inside window tracks.
- Dust the tops of your doorways and window frames.
- Polish all wood/ceramic flooring.
- Wash all light fixture coverings and ceiling fan blades.
- To give your home a more open feeling, consider removing a few doors that open into each other or otherwise block the flow of traffic.
There is no limit to the imagination of a buyer, make your home a clean slate for them to imagine themselves living there.