Selling your house can be very stressful, especially if you have kids running around. Spring seems to be the time of year people are either looking to buy a house or are trying to sell theirs. That being said, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how to get your house ready to sell without spending too much money.
Five and a half years ago, after I had just had my second child, we had a huge surprise in job situations and needed to move. We were going to be moving from our 3,200 sq ft home. back to family in New York State. We found this out when Hannah was just five-days old. Trying to get a house ready to sell with a newborn was CRAZY, but thankfully with just a few simple tips and updates, we sold our house in three weeks for CASH!
Here are the 8 things that I did to get my house ready to sell, without spending too much money:
1.) Invest in a deep house cleaner before you list it
This is a HUGE deal. Having a quick sale of your house means having a ‘brand new to them’ house. New home buyers will see everything that you don’t. We invested $200 in getting the house professionally cleaned before our first showing. This made it easy for us to keep clean, and the buyers knew they were getting a home that was well taken care of. Have your windows professionally cleaned to give your home a lighter feel.
2.) Buy fresh white towels and bath mats at the Dollar Store or Walmart
Buy fresh white towels and bath mats for all of the bathrooms in your home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and you can often find these items at the dollar store. Lay out your towels on the sinks to give it a spa like feeling, and replace old bath mats with the new ones. The secret tip is – keep these new towels folded up and safe, then take them out and put them out only for the showing. When the showing is over, fold them back up and store until the next one.
3.) Clear Clutter and Family pictures
Staging your home helps you highlight your home’s strengths, hide its weaknesses and helps it appeal to buyers. It’s important to remove clutter and depersonalize your home. Removing the clutter gives your home the feeling of having more space. Depersonalizing your home will give home buyers the opportunity to imagine living in your home and making their own memories there rather than taking a tour down your family’s memory lane.
Family Pictures on the wall aren’t necessarily bad, but when your walls are loaded with pictures it can turn a buyer off. Take down clutter from the fridge, kids walls, and as many family pictures as you can. The buyer wants to see themselves in your house.
4.) Highlight accents in the house
When we were selling our house we had a huge master bathroom. The only downside was that it didn’t have the double sinks most homeowners are looking for. It did have a huge bathtub with a separate shower stall. I decided to play up the appeal of the bathtub and purchased fake rose petals from the dollar store. Each time we had a showing, I would fill the tub and pour the petals into the tub. Then set some candles around the exterior of the tub, making it look like a spa. Instead of people seeing the downside of the missing sink, they saw themselves soaking in a tub after a long day of work.
5.) Bake Chocolate chip cookies right before the showing
You’ve probably heard this one before. Bake some sort of baked good right before your showing. This helps people feel like your house is a home, makes it inviting and smells delicious!
6.) Turn the heat up a few more degrees (especially in the winter)
Do not keep your house cold during a showing (unless it is in the summer). You want them to come inside and feel refreshed. If you have central AC, make sure that it is turned on during the showing. If you are selling a house during a colder time of year, turn your heat up a few extra degrees. This will make them feel warm and right at home.
7.) Create a welcome note
Creating a welcome note is another way to add appeal to a buyer. Type up a letter that tells the buyer more about your neighborhood, attractions, and more. If I wanted to sell my current house, I would talk up our neighbors and how we all work together, have a yearly Christmas party, and garage sale. This will add a sense of community and make your house stand out from the rest.
8.) Pack up unnecessary items into moving boxes
Last but not least. Pack up things you don’t need and stage your home. Give your home a clean, minimalist appearance. If you have a dusty bookshelf of old books, pack them up and put the book shelf into storage. Declutter as much as you can before you sell it, and when it sells you will be well on your way to being packed to move. Here is an easy All-In-One moving Guide that you can use to help you get organized before the big day.
- Make sure your home has good landscaping- plant some flowers, paint the door, reseal the driveway
- Get all of those little or even big problems fixed in the house.
- Replace heavy bedspreads and tablecloths with lighter fabrics and patterns to continue the softer feel.