Prepping Your House For Sale

Putting your house up for sale can be a challenge. So we'll show you several tips for prepping it before you show buyers round.
Prepping Your House For Sale

Last update: 06 June, 2020

Putting a house up for sale can be a difficult task. It can even take several months. However, with a few steps, we can help you get through this process faster. In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to know about prepping your house for sale.

To achieve a successful sale, you need to consider every detail to make a good impression on potential buyers. As a result, every element of your home becomes important. One of the best ways to make a good impression is through decoration.

Having the perfect decoration helps create a comfortable environment. However, you want to consider a style that won’t put off some buyers. As a result, a good decorative style can be your best ally when prepping your house for sale.

A lively house

Decorative styles make a big difference when prepping your house for sale.

The first step to create an attractive decor is creating a home that potential buyers can imagine living in. To achieve this feeling, incorporate elements that demonstrate what each room would look like if it was being used every day.

  • For example, one easy way to create this homey feeling is by displaying a few plants, natural flowers, or decorative vases. These will give a touch of freshness and natural feeling.
  • On the other hand, fruit bowls can also provide a unique touch. Be sure to place the fruit in a beautiful, clean bowl.
  • Another option is to create cozy spaces, such as a reading corner or games room. These allow future buyers to imagine living in the home with their family. For example, you could leave a book half-open on a table.

Organizing and cleaning when prepping your house for sale

Cleaning supplies in a bucket.

One of the best strategies to impress potential buyers is to show off a clean and tidy home. However, your cleaning should go beyond your usual daily routine. To show off the true beauty of your home, you’ll need to make sure every surface is sparkling. The whole house should feel completely clean.

An effective way to get the deep clean you’ll need is through these tips:

  • Make a list of all items that need extra cleaning, like the windows, blinds, lamps, corners of the house…
  • Organize your closets. When showing a house, potential buyers will want to see any closet space. Don’t show them a mess!
  • Do a general clean and get rid of anything you don’t need. Moves are the perfect time to dispose of extra stuff. However, rather than waiting until you pack up, we recommend that you throw out anything you don’t need before selling your house. It’ll help make your home more attractive to the buyer.

Properly light up your home

A well-lit living room.

Choosing the right lighting can make a huge difference. Dark areas are not eye-catching. Poor lighting also can make spaces feel smaller and narrower.

On the other hand, the right lighting can transform the feel of your home. This will make it more desirable to a potential buyer. The type of lighting that you use plays an important role when prepping your home for sale.

If possible, it’s always better to enhance any natural light. For example, you can replace heavy curtains with translucent white curtains. This allows more light in while also reflecting natural light.

However, in spaces where this isn’t possible, you can fill any dark corners by getting a few extra lamps.

Colors and textures

When prepping your house for sale, you should consider colors and textures as well.

When it comes to considering color choices for your home, it’s best to keep it neutral. While there’s nothing wrong with bright, vibrant colors, some potential buyers may have different tastes than you do.

It’s best to go with easy, simple colors. White or earthy tones are a great option, for example. As a result, your home will feel more sophisticated, clean, and elegant.

As for textures, there’s nothing better than mixing and matching a variety of textures. For example, you can choose tapestries, blankets, cushions, or any accessory that brings some warmth into the house. A combination of different materials brings great dynamism and character to the room. They also are great style elements!


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