Opening all the windows in your home is one of the first sure signs spring has arrived! After a long winter, you might notice your home is in need of a little love. Tackling spring cleaning is much easier if you open all the windows, turn up some great music and get moving!
Prepping to sell your home can be a stressful process. We decided to sit down with a local Pella, Iowa real estate agent, Stephanie Haywood, to get the best tips for spiffing up your home before placing it on the market.
Pack up personal items.
Potential buyers want to envision themselves in the space, so clearing out family photos and personal items is a must. If you’ve lived in your home for many years, family photos might be a staple of your décor. To help stage the home, Steph suggests using large pieces of art to replace walls filled with family photos where needed but, don’t be afraid to leave a wall empty either! It’s much easier for the buyer to imagine adding their own wall décor than it is to imagine the blank space.
Clean it up, clean it out.
Storage space is a must have for many home buyers. Maximize the appearance of your home’s storage space by cleaning out closets and cupboards as well as the basement, garage and attic. Pack away out-of-season clothing and donate what you no longer need. If you’re like me, you’ll find tons of stuff you forgot you even had. Bonus: Once you sell, you’ll have a head start on the packing and less stuff to move!
It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do. Give your home a refreshed look by using warm neutral tones throughout. This lets buyers see the home as move-in ready! Steph suggests using a “greige” paint color. It’s really on trend right now, helping your home look fresh and modern. Oh, and don’t forget to patch and paint the places where you took down all those photos!
Give it some serious elbow grease.
You’d be surprised what a difference deep cleaning can make! Use a power washer to deep clean the exterior siding and walkways – but be sure to avoid your windows and doors that can be damaged by the powerful spray. Clean out dust and cobwebs, bleach grout, wax floors and polish hardware. If you have pets, have the carpets professionally cleaned prior to the first showing. Even if your home is in excellent condition, pet smells can be a deal breaker. Don’t take the chance of losing a potential buyer when cleaning the carpets will do the trick!
Tune up windows and doors.
Check your windows and doors for signs of damage or deterioration, and make necessary repairs before your first showing. Keep an eye out for cracked or broken panes, chipping paint, and loose or torn weather stripping.
If you think replacing your windows or doors might be needed, check out the Plan Your Project articles on our site. From inspiration to installation, everything you need to know about planning your window or door project starts here.
You’ve put in the work. Now it’s time to show it off! What do you think the most important tips for sellers are? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below!
About Stephanie Haywood:
Stephanie has a serious passion for all things home. She’s worked for Pella Corporation for over 5 years as part of our replacement marketing team and also recently chose to get her real estate license, working in the local market here in Pella, Iowa. Oh, we should also mention she’s got a little one at home and another on the way! Stephanie and her husband, Ben, are continually tackling remodeling projects in their own home and show zero signs of slowing down anytime soon. Check back for more home buying and selling tips from Steph.