Are you getting ready to sell your home? Are you trying to figure out how to make your house sell more quickly so that you'll be able to buy a different home in a new location? Selling a home can sometimes take a while, even when other homes in your area seem to be selling like hotcakes. But what makes those homes different than yours may only be a couple of relatively minor differences. Some things you can do to help your home sell faster include:
Decluttering: Your photos and knickknacks are what make your house feel like your home and not a home belonging to someone else. But when people go to view a house, they're not interested in your home; they want to be able to imagine what their home will look like. Take down as many personal items as possible and store them out of sight. If your fridge is covered in papers, take those down and keep them somewhere safe. The fewer personal items are in view, the easier it will be for prospective buyers to imagine their own things on display. If they like what they imagine, they're going to be more likely to make an offer on your house.
Painting: If you haven't repainted your house in several years, now is the time to do it. Exterior painting can be especially important because the outside of your house is the first thing that people will see. If your home is currently a very unique color, you might want to consider an exterior painting job that conforms more to the surrounding neighborhood. Not everyone wants a lime green or neon blue house, even if you love the color scheme. After you've considered the outside, you should consider painting at least a few rooms inside your house. Besides any exterior painting, your living room or family room and the kitchen are probably the most important to paint. A fresh coat of paint will help make a room feel brighter and well taken care of.
Yardwork: Another important source of first impressions is the yardwork outside. Make sure to mow your lawn and pull out any weeds or dead plants from your flowerbeds. If it's spring or summer, you may also want to consider purchasing a few inexpensive flowers from your local garden center and planting them for a more attractive look. Prospective buyers may not consciously notice that you've added flowers but, along with interior and exterior painting, they will help give a better impression when people come to take a look at the house. Few people want to buy a neglected house or, if they do want to buy and fix one up, they are likely to offer you less than the going market rate.