We all know that making your home look its best is essential when you get your house ready to sell. It’s like dressing your home up in its nicest outfit for a very important job interview. But, how can you get your house ready to sell without spending loads of cash or making the endeavor into a full time job? These easy, affordable, and clever hacks will have your home well on it’s way to winning the job interview that is the real estate estate market… a swift sale is sure to follow.
Invest in some boxes (container store or Ikea)
The most important task that will get your house ready to sell is organizing. Obviously, you don’t want potential buyers to be distracted by un-organized household items – they won’t be able to imagine their own junk infiltrating the home with your junk splayed out all over it! Invest in some attractive organizational boxes from Ikea or the Container store that compliment your home decor. Place these boxes in bookshelves, in your closet and atop surfaces that appear too cluttered. Then, all you need to do is toss extraneous items (anything that doesn’t have a visual purpose for your home) into the boxes. They’ll add a sense of decor while disguising miscellaneous knick-knacks.
Rather than repainting the entire home, touch up problem areas
Unless your paint is in disrepair (in which case you should repaint entire rooms), you can likely get away with some simple touch up to make your walls look brand new! Find the exact color that currently coats your wall and touch up scuffs, scratches and knicks. This will save you loads of time and buckets of money over a complete paint job.
Replace faucets and other hardware
Don’t want to invest in a full-scale home remodel? You can replace small, affordable items to get your house ready to sell instead. Hardware can make big impact and is seen by potential buyers as a lasting component of their home decor – think faucets, door handles, cabinet knobs, and drawer pulls. You can likely install these yourself, making this a very
Nothing livens up a home like living things! Plants and fresh cut flowers placed throughout the home can add freshness and beauty. Plus, plants improve air quality and always add to a clean aroma in the home. And to top it all off, you can assume that (unlike other decor choices) everyone likes plants.
Use stylish laundry bins to easily hide less stylish items
Have some larger items that can’t be stowed in a counter-top box but don’t quite add to your sale-ready home decor? Purchase a decor-friendly laundry basket (with a top) from a place like target. Then, just before showings, you can toss those larger items away and no one will know any better. Remember, if someone is truly considering your home, they’ll be looking in all of your closets and drawers – this is a much better alternative to adding extra clutter to those spaces.
Put personal items away
Your family photos and heirlooms are priceless, but impede the process of a potential home-buyer picturing his or her own life there. Put pictures and other personal items into those boxes or away in storage to provide a blank canvas for future memories to truly get your house ready to sell.
Replace door and cabinet hinges
Replacing rusty or smudged hinges costs a fraction of a dollar per hinge and provides an easy update to help your home look renovated and well-maintained. And, if you have a drill and some handy-skills, you can accomplish this task on your own.
Add some potted plants to your landscaping
Wanting to get your house ready to sell by adding some curb appeal? Landscaping your front yard can cost a pretty penny, but purchasing some hanging baskets or pots filled with colorful flowers can add that little bit of pizzaz at a fraction of the cost. Just hang or place them along the entrance to your house to enhance your curb appeal.
Select new throw pillows for beds and couches
Adding neutral yet trendy pillows is a wallet-friendly way to spruce up couches and beds, making your home look cozy and contemporary with little effort and without breaking the bank.
Keep windows and shades open as often as possible
Opening your windows about an hour before anyone comes to see your home is a free way to freshen the space. While you’re at it, open those shades and shutters to allow as much natural light in as possible. Would-be-buyers will notice the bright open feeling when they walk in and it won’t cost you a penny.