House For Six

"31 Days Of Moving" Day 7: Prepping Your House For The Market

Deme Crinion2 Comments
So, you're getting ready to move and it's time to prep your house for sale.  Whether you have a house in need of some serious help or one in pristine condition, there are definitely a few no-to-low cost things that will help your house show at it's best!

This first one's totally free!  Take a trash bag or box and go through each room of the house. Remove things that may be a distraction to the eye.  Even removing just a few accessories can give the room a calming appeal.  If you think the room is good, try removing just one more item.  If it looks a little sparse you can always put it back, but you might be surprised at how much more breathing room a space can have when we pull out some of the excess. 

Place these items into your garage or storage and at the end of the selling process, take the opportunity to donate any of the items you haven't really missed.

*Having the garage free of storage items might be up for debate.  In most cases, if things in the garage are neatly stacked and there's a clear walkway, I think it's fine to store items in your garage.  It's much better than having them take up space inside!

Whether we like to admit it or not, potential buyers will open closet doors and peak into drawers.  Wouldn't you?  Adequate storage can be a make-it or break-it factor for potential buyers and they want to see how the storage space is being utilized. 

You may have a massive closet, but if it is packed to overflowing it will appear that it's not big enough.  Do you have any non-seasonal clothes you can pull out and store in a bin under the bed or in the garage?  Pull out anything you haven't worn in awhile and set it all aside in a bag.  Chances are you won't miss these items and may even be able to donate them once you begin packing. 

If you're linen closets are about to burst with towels and sheets, pull any extra towels and linens you know you won't need during the selling process.  You might even consider getting a jump start on packing and just pack them away and label the box for moving day.

If you've pulled out all that you can, simply neatly folding your items or organizing your hanging clothes by color or type will help that storage space look even more appealing.  Assume that people will be looking and do your best to thin out and straighten up wherever possible!

We have three kids and a 4 bedroom house, so chances are good that other families will be looking at our home.  As much as we try to keep it in "show condition" we don't have to remove all evidence that children live here.

We still have our kids' art galleries in the kitchen and dining room.  We moved some of the extra toys to the garage, but we still have ottomans and cupboards with toys in the family room, as well as our kiddo's bedrooms.  By removing the excess and making sure we have an easy way to stow the remaining toys away, clean-up is not so bad.

You don't have to blow your entire budget on updating the house for a sale.  On top of the freebie boost of decluttering, a fresh coat of paint will do wonders for a space....swapping out dated knobs can be an inexpensive update....some fresh flowers on the table are a thoughtful and thrifty touch - especially if they come from your own yard!

Buyers see items in need of repair and dollar signs start flashing.  Making any small repairs you can will help alleviate some of those reservations and concerns.  Replacing carpets may be way outside of your budget, but renting a carpet cleaner for the day is a minimal investment that goes a long way.  Try to focus on what you can do, and let go of what you can't.

The first thing a buyer sees is the front of your home, so don't underestimate the power of curb appeal!  If the front of your home is being overtaken by weeds, in need of a good sweeping, or simply uninviting, it can affect the buyer's perspective of your home before they even set foot in the door.  If this family doesn't take care of their yard, do they really take care of the inside?

You don't have to spend a lot to improve the curb appeal of your place.  An afternoon of yard work trimming bushes, mowing the lawn, and pulling weeds is a terrific (and free) start!  Planting a few seasonal flowers and even a nice welcome mat can make all the difference.

We thought the spiky dead rose bushes at the entry of our house might read a little too spooksville to potential buyers.  So, we picked up a few mums and pots from the clearance section at Lowe's, and instantly added color and warmth to the front of our home.  Much improved...

When all else fails, grab your cleaning supplies and take out some pent up stress on your house!  A clean home is much more important than a perfectly staged home with a gross toilet.  A clean home tells a buyer that the house has been loved and well maintained.  A top to bottom cleaning will literally make your house sparkle!  Light a candle and enjoy the freshly cleaned spaces when you're done.

I'll be sharing my go-to cleaning products for quick touch ups and maintaining a clean house while selling later this week!

*This post is part of a 31 Day series on moving.  Catch all 31 posts here!

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