We often arrange our homes to express ourselves – our travels, collections, families, favorite colors and unique tastes. However, when selling a home, the goal is to create just the opposite – a clean, neutral background that many different buyers would like to move into. Buyers must feel that they could fit right in and be comfortable in your house. You can help to create this feeling inexpensively by simply cleaning and neutralizing your home before putting it on the market.
(1) Clean Wall to Wall
Clean bath tile with mildew cleaner stove and oven repair san marino. Often the caulking around the bathtub is darkened. This may need to be removed and replaced. It can be purchased in rolls, which is easier to install. Wash or replace shower curtains. Make sure all soap residue is removed. Remove toilet brushes or cleaners from view in bathrooms. Mirrors, counters and all bath fixtures should be immaculate. Buy new soaps and towels, if necessary.
Have the windows cleaned. Clean windows add a sparkle to the room. During showings, open blinds and expose as much glass as possible. Nothing sells a house better than natural light. If your lights are dim, increase the size of the bulbs. Combine indoor lamp lighting with natural light for warm, cheerful rooms. Remove any broken blinds or dusty curtains.
Floors must be immaculate. Make sure that your tile grout is perfectly clean. If your flooring is worn or damaged, consider replacing it. Often clients ask if they should provide an allowance for carpet replacement. Rather than offering an allowance, go ahead and replace the carpet. Your home will benefit from the improvement in presentation. New carpet will transform a house, and make everything in it look better. Do not worry about whether the buyers will like it. Just choose a neutral shade.
Walls usually need touch up, especially if there are children or pets in the house. Freshly painted walls are a strong contributor to the value of your home. Don’t forget the baseboards and door trim. Fix nicks and paint over, for a fresh new look. Remember to leave some labeled paint cans for your buyers. They will appreciate it. Surfaces that cannot be cleaned can be painted.
The kitchen carries a lot of weight in the purchase decision. Kitchen appliances and countertops must sparkle. If needed, new stove burner pans may be purchased at Home Depot. Make sure the oven is clean. Look closely at cabinets. Repaint or refinish any scuffed cabinetry. Do not leave trash containers on display. Clean, and empty the under sink cabinet. Do not display any object that is stained or dirty. Invest in new kitchen towels.
Buyers are sensitive to bad smells, and will be suspicious of a house with an odor. Pleasant smells are subtle, but important. Use potpourri, candles or cinnamon sticks in hot water. Do not use air fresheners to cover up bad smells – this just compounds the problem. Remove the source of the smell first. Often, people cannot recognize a smell in their own home. If you smoke, have pets, or cook with strong spices, ask for feedback on smells from a third party. Unfortunately, if pets have used your carpet as a bathroom, the only choice is to replace the carpet. Cleaning does not work. The smell is in the pad under the carpet. In the garage, chemicals that have a strong odor should be sealed in plastic bags or removed.
You may need to wash the exterior of your house with mildew cleaner, or with detergent and chlorine bleach. Often the shady areas have dark stains that will disappear with washing. Deck wood may need to be washed and sealed. Clean out flower beds and add fresh mulch. Purchase a new door mat.