In many parts of the country, today’s real estate market is hotter than a Fourth of July firecracker…even in the dead of winter. If you’re looking to sell your home, this is fantastic news, but there’s just one teeny little problem…When you’ve got buyers literally lining up outside your door, the time to make your house look its best is a week ago yesterday. Never fear, we’ve rounded up a few can’t-fail tips to help even the biggest procrastinators make sure their homes are ready for prime time.
1. Banish the Clutter
As any high quality Realtor will tell you, the number one thing you need to do when staging your home is to get rid of all the junk that’s piled up over the years. While your photos, kids’ drawings, souvenirs and whatnot may well be treasures to you, it’s best not to run the risk that potential buyers may see them as, well, trash. Box up as much of your personal stuff as you can and put it in storage…or the garage, if you must. Just make sure it’s out of sight, out of mind when buyers come to call.
2. Wash those Windows
As nothing can drag down a home’s curb appeal faster than dirty windows, now isn’t the time to ignore that unpleasant chore. Instead, speed things up by whipping up a batch of this “magic solution” that’s been making the rounds on Pinterest lately – 1/2 gallon of warm water, 2-3 tablespoons liquid laundry detergent or dish soap and 1 tablespoon liquid ‘Jet Dry’. Simply hose down your windows, wipe them down with this stuff, then hose them off again. Voila! All shiny and sparkly.
3. Scour that Shower
Yes, home shoppers will ask to visit your bathroom, not necessarily to make use of it, but definitely to check out what kind of shape it’s in. If your shower’s glass door is looking a bit dingy, no need to replace it. Instead, bring it back to life by mixing 1 part muriatic acid (you can often find this with pool cleaning products) with 10 parts water and using this solution to give your shower door a good scrub-down with a fine steel wool pad.
Moldy grout is the plague of every tiled surface…floors, walls, counter tops. Say goodbye to the grossness by mixing liquid bleach half-and-half with water and spraying it on. Mold should vanish right away, along with potential buyers’ worries.
5. The Nose Knows
Making your house smell nice by putting a pie in the oven or fresh flowers on the table is all well and good, but these pleasant odors can’t mask any underlying unpleasantness any more than a spritz of perfume will hide the fact that you haven’t showered in a while. Neutralize a nasty-smelling carpet by sprinkling on (and then vacuuming up) a box of baking soda, and use baking soda to scrub out the fridge, oven, stove tops, etc. Deodorize your disposal by running a few citrus peels through for a fresh lemony (or orange-y, limey, tangerine-y) scent.
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