Prepare home for inspection

Prepare home for inspection

If you are planning on selling your home, you’ll need to think about making your home feel as inviting as possible during the home inspection, when potential buyers come to visit.

There’s a whole art to making homes appealing – some real estate agents do nothing but this! You can do a lot on your own to make your house ready to sell. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

First impressions are everything. Buying a home is an emotional process, and buyers will make snap judgments about your home. It starts with the curb appeal – your home must look great on arrival. A clean porch or entranceway, well-manicured lawn, and no noticeable issues on the facade of the house are all must-haves. Then, when buyers enter the home, it should be clean.

Declutter. Then declutter again. Most real estate agents suggest clearing out up to 1/3 of your belongings from your home, which may seem like a lot, but you want your buyers to start picturing in their head what they’ll be doing with the place. You don’t want to empty out a house – the fact that it looks lived-in and usable can help buyers see the potential. Make sure if you have any eclectic artwork or perhaps “unique” taste in furniture, these are the first pieces to go into storage.

Scent is you secret weapon. You want your home to smell good to potential guests, because a pleasing scent can impact our emotions, and again, buying is such an emotional decision. The easiest way to freshen up your home’s scent – after a good deep clean, of course – is to put some orange peels and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker with some water. You can also bake cookies and brew some fresh coffee – every little bit helps!

Do a lighting check. Pretend like your home is on a stage, waiting for its premier performance. You’d want good lighting on stage, and your home demands good lighting too – a good lamp can make a room seem bigger and more livable. It’s worth the cost of a few new lamps or replacing broken bulbs to make sure your house is well lit, so buyers can see all that potential.

Grab some flowers – but don’t go overboard. Some real estate agents put flowers in every room, which can start to make a home feel more like a flower shop. Flowers in the kitchen or dining areas, as well as many a tiny accent piece in the bathroom, are enough. But they are nice to give a home a fresh, contemporary feel.