Painting a Pretty Picture When Selling Your Home


Getting ready to put your home on the market? Selling your home doesn't have to be a nightmare. If you want to sell your home quicker and possibly for more money, there are some things that you should do before putting your home on the market.  

Start Detaching Your Emotions From The Home. I know that this sounds weird, but a home is one of the most personal things that a person can own, so we can get emotionally attached to them. When you are getting ready to sell your home, you should emotionally prepare yourself for it. Start looking at your home like it doesn't belong to you anymore, because soon, it won't. Try looking at it like any other business deal that you might tend to.

Look at Your Home Through the Eyes of a Buyer. Sometimes we get so used to looking at our own homes, we no longer see it as others might see it. Perhaps a cabinet is broken, and has been for a while, so we tend to overlook it. Try paying attention to every small detail (because a buyer sure will). Are the baseboards clean, or do they need to be repainted? Are the walls clean? How old are the light switch plates and outlet covers? Basically, everything in the home should look clean, as new as possible, and uncluttered. Some small details in the home are easy to update and help your home sale much quicker, but sellers tend to overlook those things.

Painting the Interior of Your Home Can Make a BIG Difference. It is truly amazing how a different paint color can make a house so much more appealing.  You may have heard this before, and it still holds true, the most popular colors are light and versatile. The paint colors I would recommend are very light/icy greys, light or icy blues, or light creams/tans (without too much yellow undertones  in them). I would also recommend always purchasing a paint sample and trying it on the wall before painting the room. Paint colors can look very different once they are on a whole wall.

Don't Take It Personal! Start packing up all of your extra belongings. You should only keep items that you have to use out and available. I know this sounds drastic, but you want the home to be as uncluttered and as empty as possible. Some people even rent a mini storage to store items in to get them out of the house. You are going to have to pack and move soon anyways right? If you do this, not only will it help your home sell faster, but you will have a jump start on the whole moving process. 

Create Some Curb Appeal.  When a buyer is coming to see your home, the first thing that they notice is the front yard. You should create a good first impression. Make sure  that the lawn is cut and edged, the sidewalks are swept clean, and plant some pretty flowers if the weather permits it.

Make Sure That Your Home Smells Good.  In a perfect world, we would all have time to bake a batch of cookies before a potential buyer comes to see our home, after all, who wouldn't want to buy a house that smells like fresh cookies? Unfortunately, we don't all have that kind of time. However, there are other things that you can do to make sure your home smells good.  You can air your home out occasionally by opening the windows on a nice day, spray air freshener, clean the carpets, or burn scented candles when you are home. I wouldn't advise cooking strong smelling foods a day or two before a showing.

Keep your home clean. Clean every surface of your home until it sparkles!