Selling a home is an exciting time. However, it can also be stressful if you are unprepared. Implementing a few simple tips to get your home ready can make the process go more smoothly and quickly, and help you get the best price for your home. 

Make Any Needed Repairs

Start by going through your home and making a list of any repairs that you have been putting off. Look for little things like dripping faucets, squeaky hinges, and holes in the walls from where you have moved shelves or artwork. These are things that you can fix yourself over a weekend.

Schedule time for larger projects, like replacing broken tiles or worn countertops. Don’t forget to shop around for the best dumpster rental company in your area so you can haul off all the old trash once you are done. 

Even if selling your home is the result of never getting through that honey-do list, now is not the time to procrastinate. If you cannot make repairs yourself, hire a handyman to do them for you. 

Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is how your house appears to others when they first approach it. Think of anything you do here as improving your home’s chance to make a great first impression on potential buyers. You can make several small improvements that will have a big impact on how others see your home. 

Many of the things you can do to boost curb appeal are free or can be completed for under $100 if you do the work. Perhaps the best part is that most are also simple DIY projects you can do in a day or less. So, spend a few hours after work getting them in before you list your house. 

A few quick projects that can really help include:

  • Replacing an old mailbox
  • Planting brightly colored flowers along the front walkway
  • Painting the front door in a bold color
  • Trimming landscaping plants
  • Cleaning the gutters

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

The front door is not the only place that can benefit from a fresh coat of paint when you want to list a home. If it’s been a while since you redid the interior walls, now is a good time for a low-key, neutral update. Be sure to prep all walls before applying paint. Also, primer can make things easier if you are covering a particularly dark or bold color. 

Taking time to learn a little about color psychology and how it affects the home-selling process is very helpful. For example, if you want the bedrooms to give off a serene and restful feeling, you won’t want to paint them bright red. Instead, opt for calming colors such as pale blues or greens. Save the reds and oranges for high-power home gyms to impart energy. 

Get Rid of Extra Stuff

For better or worse, the longer you are in a house, the more stuff you seem to accumulate. While you may use some of the items strewn about, there is a good chance most of them are left over from a time, hobby, or experience that you have long since left behind.

This clutter can really take away from how someone experiences viewing your home. Now is a great time to get rid of it. Plus, once you do, you will have that much less stuff to move to your new house (or to put into storage). Many people find the three pile approach effective for decluttering. Once you are done, you can take the appropriate action on each pile.

Ask Friends To Do a Preliminary Walkthrough

Once you are done, ask a couple of friends or family members to take a quick walk through your house and give honest feedback. Use this to make any last-minute changes before you schedule an appointment with a realtor. 

Preparation makes selling your home less stressful. Conquer small repairs, refresh the paint, get rid of clutter, and give curb appeal a boost to make your listing stand out.

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