Increase the Salability of your Home
Spotless is the name of the game. What you need to do to get your home sold.
The most important task you can tackle to easily increase the salability of your home is to do a thorough, detailed clean. You can hire someone to do the difficult labor, but there are some things that you can handle alone.
First off, a deep clean goes much further than a vacuum and a duster. It means de-clutter and scrub, scrub, scrub.
Begin with de-cluttering. The standard rule of thumb; you need to go through your home, and remove 50% of your belongings. Specifically, items such as photographs, highly personalized belongings, out of season clothes, excessive furniture, and any random “junk” need to go.
Don’t get upset. We’re not asking you to throw out your personal belongings and treasured pictures! Store what you want to keep, like your photos. Then donate items, have a yard sale (which is also nice for extra cash), and definitely trash what no longer is in its prime (simply, trash the trash).
The goal is to depersonalize the house from your family. You want buyers to feel like they are walking into their potential home, and envision themselves living there. This is difficult to do when surrounded by numerous amounts of a stranger’s belongings. Once you de-clutter, you’ll be surprised how much roomier your home feels already.
Now, you need to move on to serious, hardcore cleaning; its deep clean time. You’ll want to meticulously tidy up each room from top to bottom. It may seem daunting at first, but remember, now that you have removed the extra clutter, it will be much easier than you think.
- Remove cobwebs (do this first, or you’ll get the dust bunnies all over freshly cleaned surfaces later)
- Dust ceiling fans and lighting fixtures while you’re cleaning out the cobwebs
- Dust your blinds
- Wash walls, unless you’ll be painting
- Clean all glass surfaces such as mirrors, television screens, patio doors, and windows
- Polish all wooden surfaces, and wipe down any leather furniture
- Clean out and reorganize the closets and cabinets
- Clean attack all appliances, and make it count
- Sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, faucets, and counter-tops need to be immaculate (although every room is important, the kitchen and bathrooms need to be top notch especially)
- Vacuum rugs, shampoo carpets, and mop (do these tasks last, otherwise you will inevitably have to do them twice)
- … scrub, scrub, scrub
To learn more about what will be the best for your home specifically, give the Spring Creek Realtors team a call at 208-733-2121 or 800-660-2121 so we can get started today! Let’s sell that home!