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Lets Talk Prepping To Sell During Quarantine
Dated: April 11 2020
So now that you’re stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, you may be wondering how you are going to fill your time. Lets face it you might just be looking for a break from the kiddos. Shhh, your secret is safe with me. If you have plans, or are just considering, putting your house on the market when this is all over, now is the best time to get it ready! What better way to pass the hours and be productive than preparing your house for sale? While some checklist items may be obvious, there may be a few to-do list boxes you aren’t sure you need to check. Here is a list for you to get your house ready for sale!
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere having nice spring weather right now, take advantage of being outdoors without breaking any local rules. In most cases, you are permitted to enjoy the sunshine on your own property, so now is the best time to spruce up the outside. If you have a power washer, clean your siding and any sidewalks or driveways attached to your home. Boost your curb appeal by mowing the lawn, touching up any landscaping work.
Make Any Repairs
Take care of whatever repairs you can that don’t require an unnecessary trip to the store. Swap out old lightbulbs, fix that window that keeps jamming shut, and patch up any dents or scrapes on your indoor walls. Grab the caulk gun and get going.
Make Your Home Inviting
If you have any paint on hand, give your front door a fresh coat and add a new floor mat (ordered online!) to make your home feel approachable. If a potential buyer doesn’t feel welcome approaching your home, they likely won’t want to live in it. I always tell my clients to think about the homes out of the magazines or on pintrest that your initial thought is, "wow, what a beautiful yard" or oh that is so cute". That is what you are going for. Snap an outside photo and send it to the friend that you know will be honest. Ask them what they see as an eye sore and so on. We might think we have a great curb appeal but we often get use to those eye sores and they blend in well and become forgotten to us.
Declutter Your Home
This is the best time to realize how much you actually use items in your home. If you’ve been stuck indoors for several weeks and you still haven’t used an item, add it to your donate or toss pile. Not only is this great to help prepare for sale, but it will help your mental health while you are stuck inside. Clearing clutter is extremely beneficial for many reasons, and it will make your move that much easier. In some previous blogs I have some great tips on this.
Clean & Organize Your Home
After you’ve decluttered, it is time to clean and organize. When someone tours your home, they want to feel like it can be theirs. If your home is scattered with items and there is barely room to walk around, it will be hard for them to picture themselves living there. Having your items cleaned and organized will also help you when it is time to pack and move on! Again, think magazine and pintrest looks. Think Joanna Gaines if that is your style. Or go for a Nate Berkus feel.
You are probably craving fresh air anyway, so why not spend those sunny days with every window in the house wide open! This will help eliminate any residual odors you aren’t aware of and it can help keep air flowing while you are using chemical products to deep clean your home. This is also one of the top turn downs for a buyer when they are viewing properties. You do not want to be the house that is nicknamed after its odor. Open those windows up. Let it flow and it is just good for the soul!
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