There a several items that will help you sell your home faster and help you receive the most compensation.
Below are a few tips that will help you achieve this.
REMOVE INTERIOR CLUTTER
CONSIDER RENTING A STORAGE FACILITY FOR A MONTH OR TWO IN ORDER TO STORE ITEMS FROM THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Kitchen: Shelves, counter tops, drawers, pantry, Cabinets, under the kitchen sink. By keeping just a few items it opens up the rest of the area so that potential buyers can imagine plenty of room for their items, to many items suggests not enough space for things.
Furniture: Several people really have too many furniture items in some rooms. Try and visualize the space created if you keep just a few main furniture items. Most model homes use this approach to create the visual appeal of space.
Bedroom Closets: Probably one of the best for accumulation for clutter. Having to many clothes and shoes create a lot of clutter. Consider taking your off season clothing and shoes store them in boxes and a storage facility until you move into your new home. This again will give the perception of a roomy closet and plenty of room for the new buyers clothing and shoes.
Basement and Garage: These areas traditionally accumulate in addition to not only clutter but junk as well. You want to keep these areas as empty as possible to again create open space appeal and plenty of room for the potential buyer.
UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY DO NOT DO ANYTHING EXPENSIVE, SUCH AS A REMODEL. REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL WANT TO SAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN FOR YOUR NEXT HOME:
Fixtures and Plumbing: People when looking at homes love to open drawers, doors, flick light switches, test toilets by flushing and run faucets. Make sure all sink fixtures look new or replace them, and all drawer handles and fixtures look clean and new. It is a small expense, but the reward is selling your home quicker because the items look nice.
Walls and Ceilings: Check all wall and ceilings to make sure there are no abnormalities like stains or excessive dirt. If there is, take time to repair/patch stains and paint dirty areas. This gives the home a clean look and a new smell.
Carpets and Floors: If the carpeting is not to worn out a thorough carpet steam cleaning is recommended. If it needs to be replaced select an inexpensive neutral colored carpet. Repair any broken floor tiles if your floor is a tile floor and if it is hardwood make sure to clean it thoroughly as well.
Doors and Windows: Make sure all windows and doors open and close with ease. If not, consider lubricating them with something like W-D 40. This should help windows open and close easily as well as eliminate any squeaks from doors.
EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL. A POTENTIAL HOMEBUYER’S FIRST IMPRESSION IS GOING TO BE FORMED WHEN THEY PULL UP TO YOUR HOUSE:
Clutter: Make sure to remove all clutter from around the entire yard front and back to give it a clean spacious look.
Landscaping: A freshly mowed lawn, edged and free of brown spots. Clean flower beds and if the time of year permits, plant colorful flowers in them. First impressions are huge.
Front door and entry way: The front door and entry way should be especially clean and appealing. Make sure to keep the porch swept, door handles polished, and door locks open easily with a key. Finally put down a brand new doormat (you can take it with you when you move) this will give the home a clean and homey feeling as prospective buyers enter the home.