To sell your home quickly, and for top dollar, preparation is key. Your home does not have to look like a professionally staged HGTV house; it must simply appear well-maintained and neat. Follow these tips for a buyer-ready home.

Replace dated furnishings. That green, sculpted carpeting in your bedroom must go. Builder-grade beige carpet will do. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars updating your home. Fresh, neutral furnishings—even if inexpensive—can transform a room. 

Clean up. Buyers are turned off by dirt. Take down those old, icky blinds. Steam clean that well-worn carpeting. Wipe your baseboards. Remove the cobwebs from light fixtures. Everything must look spotless. If cleaning isn’t your thing, I can refer you to professionals. A thorough cleaning goes a long way. 

Declutter and organize. You lose buyer interest if your home appears unkempt, so remove clutter. Clear your kitchen counter other than one or two items. The counter will look bigger! Put the kids’ toys in organized bins. If you’ve started packing, neatly stack your boxes in the basement or garage. Keep closets organized, with clothing and linens folded. 

Remove personal effects. Take down photos, trophies, and awards. Buyers must be able to envision their own belongings in the space. 

Do basic home maintenance. Are your walls dinged up? Smooth them out and apply fresh paint. Outside, keep your lawn mowed and weeded. 

Maximize natural light. Remove heavy drapes that darken a room. Keep blinds and curtains wide open to highlight the light coming in. 

Add inviting touches. Put potted plants on your porch, or add a colorful welcome mat. Hang a pretty wreath on the front door. Thoughtful touches can make your home sell more quickly. 

For buyers, first impressions matter. Invest a little time and money before listing your home to see big results. Call me at (443) 309-4403 to learn more.