Part 1: Seller Prep
As I prepare to sell my home, I thought it'd be fun to share what I'm doing to get it ready before officially going to market, as it can take a couple weeks to a couple months depending on how long you've lived in the house. I'm still about 3 weeks away from putting it on the MLS, here's what I focused on this week:
De-personalizing- I removed all personal photos, taste specific decor, books, magazines, etc. You have to pack it eventually...just do it now. I cleared out a corner of garage to start stacking a neat pile of marked boxes.
Closets- Keep, Donate, Throw Out...get your piles started! Every closet should be extremely organized, the goal is to make closets look larger (many homes are vacant and closets are empty, if buyers are used to looking at vacant houses your filled closet is going to look way smaller than it is). Don't forget the pantry!
Kitchen/Bathroom Cabinets- a great time to get rid of old pots and utensils, expired cold medicine, old towels (donate to local animal shelter). Pull everything out, wipe down, organize. You'll thank yourself when it's time to move!
Appliances- clean your oven, microwave, and fridge. Yes, people look in them. If your dishwasher is old, buy the self cleaning tablets and run a cycle. Appliances that are a few years (or more) older look much better if they're spotless...and new stainless steel look older if they're crusted with food (gross)!
*Tip- aim for clean surfaces: bookshelves, dining tables, end tables, kitchen and bathroom countertops, nightstands, dresser tops. Pretend your house is a vacation rental!