Modern Interior Design

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME SELL FASTER

Improve your home's curb appeal

Your home’s exterior is the first thing a buyer sees, in person and online. You only have one chance to make a memorable first impression.
  • In the yard, trim hedges, refresh mulch, and edge the lawn.

  • Keep the yard raked and mowed at all times.

  • Consider pressure-washing your house, walkways, and driveway.

  • Consider painting trim and shutters.

  • Clean and shine all hardware and accessories indoors and out (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mailbox, address numbers, etc.)

  • Paint the door if needed.

  • Clean any cobwebs or bird droppings off your front porch.

  • Flowers, particularly near the entryway, make your home feel alive and inviting.

  • Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and trash from the yard.

  • Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, and other extensions of the home should be kept uncluttered, swept, and in good condition.

  • Make sure the garage door opens easily. Repair and repaint if necessary.

  • Be sure the front doorbell is in good working order.

  • Put a doormat in front of all doors leading to the outside of the house.

Create a happy atmosphere and let in as much lights as possible

  • Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures and install higher wattage light bulbs if necessary.

  • Wash all windows inside and out and power wash screens.

  • Add plants in transitional areas of your home.

Create larger spaces that feel neutral

Buyers will generally be looking for a blank canvas on which they can impose their own personality
  • Remove clutter from floors, shelves, and countertops.

  • Remove and/or hiding excess extension cords or exposed wires.

  • Remove all personal belongings, like family photos, keepsakes and religious items. They distract buyers and prevent them from picturing themselves living in the home.

  • Remove unnecessary furniture and/or change layout to improve traffic flow through every room, especially in the entryways.

  • Organize the closets: buyers are looking for storage space, so they’re definitely going to peek in closets, storage areas, and pantries.

Give your home a fresh and clean look

  • Fill holes and touch paint or paint interior walls a neutral color to make spaces look larger and to allow potential buyers to picture putting their own personal touches over the walls. Neutral shades include grey, taupe or cream. Not white, which can look too harsh or sterile.

  • Repair or replace banisters and handrails if needed.

  • Remove all smoke and pet odors.

  • Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times (especially kitchen and bathrooms).

  • Steam wash the carpets (or replace if needed).

  • Do a deep clean on every room of the house, including baseboards, kitchen cabinets, bathroom tile, and carpets. 

In the Kitchen

  • Remove small appliances from countertops

  • Keep all surfaces wiped clean

  • Keep sink empty

In the Bedrooms

  • Depersonalize and decorate in a neutral scheme

  • Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage

In the Bathrooms

  • Re-caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparkling white

  • Repair or replace any broken tiles in the shower/tub

  • Replace shower curtains and keep them clean

During showings and open houses

  • Keep all curtains open and turn on all the lights

  • Keep temperature around 68°F

  • Turn on the gas fireplace if present

  • Light candles around the living room and kitchen (lightly scented)

  • Turn on light ambiance music

  • Air out your home for 1/2 hour before showings, when possible

  • Leave a vase with fresh flowers on countertop or dining table

  • Make sure that the beds are made and the linens are clean

  • Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps

  • Wipe down the sinks and shower

  • Remove any toiletries from bathroom countertops

Lastly, make sure your home can be seen with little to no notice: often a buyer has a short window to see a house and will easily move on to the next available listing.

Home Inspection

​Checking the home inspection off your home seller checklist before you market your home gives you time to make the necessary repairs and helps you to price your home appropriately. If you wait until the buyer calls for an inspection, however, you’re on a time crunch to make repairs within your budget.