So you have decided to sell your home and are looking for ways to make your home more appealing to buyers. Cleaning and staging your home can be one of the most overwhelming tasks of the whole process of selling your home. Most, if not all, contracts state that a home must be clean upon the new homeowners moving in. If not, it is still courteous to leave your home clean for the new homeowners. With the following tips, you can have a good idea how to plan for cleaning and staging your home.
1. Start early
Starting early will ensure the whole process is more manageable and less overwhelming. It will also give you a good idea of what needs to be taken care of and allow you to work more thoroughly. Remember, staging is crucial to getting your house noticed, so whether you do it yourself or get help from an interior designer, starting early will allow you more time to make your house stand out.
2. Hire an Inspector
Before selling your home, it is wise to take care of any repairs that need to be done so your home is in great condition to sell . Most home buyers bring their own inspectors and any repairs they feel are too extensive can be deal-breakers.
3. Do a thorough cleaning of your home
Aside from the basic vacuuming and sweeping, a thorough cleaning of appliances and the inside of cabinets will leave your home in good condition for the new homeowners. We often store extra tiles, paint cans, and other home renovation materials in case of repairs. After selling your home, ask the new homeowners if they would like to keep these items, otherwise toss them out along with all personal belongings. While doing your thorough cleaning, don't forget shower room glass doors, mould along window frames, and the grout between your tiles.
4. Paint your walls
This may seem obvious, but not only do newly painted walls refresh the look of your home, but painting over with bold colours with a neutral colour will make you home appealing to more buyers. The smell of paint makes the home smell like new and clean, which plays to the buyer's psychology .
5. Eliminate odours
Just as new paint plays to the buyer's psychology, as do unpleasant odours. It is also one of the first things people notice when they step inside your home. These odours can make others believe your home is dirty, which it may not necessarily be. These lingering smells often include cooking odours from fish or pet odours. In fact, pet odours are such a red flag to buyers that they are one of the biggest reasons why homes stay on the market for longer
6. Adding more light
Most people prefer natural light in their homes. Consider adding ambient lighting to add more light into the home and to add a touch of warmth.
7. Enhance the outside of your home
The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Removing weeds, trimming bushes and updating worn out looking light fixtures all make a big difference. A well-groomed exterior looks more appealing than one that is unkempt.
8. Update your floors and kitchen
Floors and kitchens are some of the most striking features of a home. When buyers see damaged floors or cabinets, they often think of how much it would cost them to repair or replace them, resulting in lower offers, often thousands of dollars lower. The cost of repairing floors and cabinets will cost less than accepting a lower offer.
9. Small details make the big picture
Small details such as placing fresh flowers on the table or cleaning up light fixtures can speak to the overall cleanliness and maintenance of a home. If your furniture is looking less than ideal, consider scheduling an upholstery cleaning appointment; a service which most carpet cleaners offer. Clean furniture can make your home look more appealing in staging photos.
10. Get your carpets professionally cleaned
Carpets add warmth to any home, but if they begin to look dirty and worn out, it might be time to get them replaced. If that is out of your home repairs budget, consider getting them cleaned professionally. With many carpet cleaning methods, it can be daunting to pick which method is best for you. Steam cleaning and shampooing are similar in that they are wet methods. Steam cleaning is just that: steam cleaning. With shampooing, the drying time takes hours and any soapy residue attracts more soiling. The ChemDry method is a drier method, using 15-20% moisture, so it takes less time to dry and greatly reduces the risk for mold and mildew growth. All ChemDry products are Green-certified and non-toxic to kids and pets. If your home is left in a less-than-ideal condition, it could delay your closing or cancel the sale altogether. Cleaning your home and setting it up for perfection makes it look appealing in photos and makes staging much easier. With the above tips in your arsenal, setting up your home for sale will feel like a less daunting and more manageable task.