When selling your home, it’s important to set the right “stage” for potential buyers. If hiring a professional isn’t in the budget, here are some tips on how to prep your home for the market:

  1. Declutter
    You want buyers to focus on things like your home’s lovely wood floors, not your commemorative spoon collection. Box it, sell it or gift it. Clear counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom and minimize the amount of items displayed on shelves.
  2. Clear out the closet
    For some buyers, closet space can make or break a sale. The fewer items left behind the larger the closet will appear.
  3. Pack away the personal
    Store family photos, kids’ art projects and anything else that may distract buyers from envisioning themselves living in your home.
  4. Scrub and scrub again
    Clean everything, from tile grout to windowpanes. You want the home to sparkle and shine when the spotlight’s on. If you lack time or skills, it’s worth it to hire pros.
  5. Scrub and scrub again – outside
    Don’t forget your home’s exterior. After all, your porch will make the first impression on buyers. A few hours with a pressure washer, easily rented from a home improvement store, can make a world of difference.
  6. Freshen up the paint job
    A fresh, neutral coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to kick up your home’s allure.
  7. Focus on lighting
    A well-lit room not only feels bigger, it helps people to feel more energized and improves their mood. Don’t forget to replace light bulbs and add lamps in rooms with limited natural lighting.
  8. Take a deep breath
    If you inhale anything other than clean, fresh air, deodorize before showings with a mildly scented diffuser or candle.