5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Dated: July 21 2021

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Everyone wants to sell their home for top dollar in a short time without any hassles. While the Sarasota market is hot right now, with low inventory and plenty of buyers, you can still maximize your earnings by taking a few simple extra steps. 

The purpose is to simplify, de-clutter, and depersonalize your home before you put it on the market. Here are some tips on how you can prep your home for sale today.

  1. Begin with Your Interior

Focus on the indoor space to make the living space more comfortable and impressive for prospective buyers. Upgrade any light fixtures and update the wattage to the highest levels of safety. Dust or wash all fans and baseboards. Dust plant ledges, windowsills, and blinds. Remove cobwebs inside and out. 

In addition, clean the exterior and interior frames of all windows and glass doors. Ensure all blinds or shades are open and remove all draperies to allow more natural light in the indoor space. Steam clean your carpets if you don’t want to replace them. Moreover, you must have some plants in the indoor space. 

  1. Spruce Up Bathrooms

Visit your bathroom and look for things that require cleaning, remodeling, or renovation. Clean all toilets, tubs, and sinks, and then polish the sinks using a homemade mixture made of lemon and vegetable oil. Do not forget to clean and polish all the hardware items to make them appear more shiny. 

Stow unused soaps, shampoos, razors, and scrubbing products, etc., under the sink. In addition, stow laundry hampers in the closet and wastebaskets under the sink. Remove any rugs and commode lid covers and store all cleaners under the sink. 

Besides, streamline your bathrooms’ counters with no more than two decorative items to maintain minimalism. Organize your linen cabinets by reducing the number of items. Use baskets to hold toiletries and makeup and store them under the counter after use. 

Caulk your bathroom’s sinks, showers, and bathtubs and lean the grout and tile to ensure they are in good condition. The traps or faucets must not leak water. Your prospective buyers will notice these small things, so it is best to be prepared.

  1. Kitchen

After performing careful analysis and changes to your bathrooms, the next place to visit is your kitchen. Keep all flat surfaces, including countertops, furniture, and appliance tops, cleared off. Ensure there are fewer items on the kitchen counters, so the prospective buyer knows the kitchen has plenty of space. 

Store your unused appliances in the garage and go over the kitchen like an experienced home inspector. Be sure to clean the oven and range, inside and out. Remove all pictures, notes, and magnets from the refrigerator front and side, and stow your trashcan in the pantry or out of sight. 

  1. Declutter Your Bedrooms & Living Areas

Declutter and depersonalize your bedroom and living areas to ensure there is less furniture in these rooms. Select furniture pieces that look aesthetically pleasing and put others in the storage or garage. 

Depersonalize your living area by storing photos to ensure the prospective buyer visualizes their personal items in the area instead of your own. Thin all closets, organize remaining items on shelves and allow space between all hanging items. 

  1. Add Curb Appeal

Your home exterior can create a great first impression for your prospective buyers if you maintain it. Thoroughly sweep down your house exterior and clean cobwebs and wasp nests to maintain curb appeal. Be sure to mow your lawn and trim shrubs and trees regularly in case any potential buyers drive by. 

In addition, clean out flower beds and spend some time planting fresh, colorful flowers. Make sure the front door is clean and free of dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Repaint the door and add a thick, clean welcome mat, and any other welcoming items.

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Kathleen Comerford

The Comerford Group at Icon Premium Realty is a top, local team that brings to your advantage many years of combined and diverse real estate experience including brokerage, finance, design, constructi....

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