You need to know how to prepare your home for sale in 5 days in order to get it on the market and sold quickly. Once you are done it will be the dream home any buyer is looking for. It’s not going to be easy. Every night you go to bed, you’ll think you will never be done. By Day 5 you will see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Day 1 – Store Away/Replace
If there is anything that you want to keep, store it away now. If a buyer doesn’t see it, they won’t want it. If you tell a buyer they can’t have an item, they will want it. Don’t let that foolish mistake blow your deal. Pack any of those items and replace if need be.
Day 2 – Tackle Your “Honey Do List”
If your spouse noticed it, you can be sure the buyer will notice anything that needs to be done
Replace cracked flooring, counter tops or wall tiles
Patch any holes in the walls
Fix faucets that are leaking
Fix drawers that jam and doors that don’t close
Give anything that squeaks shot of WD-40.
Paint your walls neutral colors, especially if you have brightly colored walls. (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the purple bathrooms”)
If light bulbs are burned out, replace them
Day 3 – Make the House Shine
Windows need to be cleaned inside and out.
Spray down sidewalks and exterior of the house with a pressure washer
Wipe down cobwebs
Bleach dingy grout. Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
Polish all chrome and mirrors
Rid the fridge of old food and clean the oven
Use a light dusting of “Carpet Fresh” when you vacuum
Keep the floors shining
Dust ceiling fan blades, light fixtures and furniture
If rugs are worn, replace them
Hang up fresh towels
Musty smelling areas need to be cleaned and aired out
Day 4 – Scrutinize
Walk in your front door. Look around and ask yourself; “Do I want to go inside? Does the house welcome me?”
Imagine how your house will look to the buyer by standing in the doorway of every room
Ask yourself “Will this room make an impression?”
Move furniture around until how it is arranged makes sense.
Use a level on all window coverings
You are finished when it looks like nobody lives there
Day 5 – Is the Property Attractive from The Road?
If the buyers don’t like the outside of your home; you will never get them inside.
Clear the sidewalks
Trim the hedges. Mow the lawn.
Paint the front door and any window trim if they are faded
Your house number needs to be visible from the street
If you follow these steps to prepare your home to sell you will be surprised at what a difference it makes. It may seem frustrating as you are working on the list, but keep an open mind. Trust me, in the end if you want to sell your home fast, it will be all worth it.
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