Are you getting ready to put your home on the market?  Now that spring is fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when “For Sale” signs start popping up in front yards.  So how do you make sure your home stands out among the rest? Here are some tips for preparing your home for sale this spring.

  1. Declutter

It’s easy for items to start piling up in your home, whether it’s your mail, winter jackets by the front door, knickknacks, or your collection of DVDs that are just collecting dust.  Get rid of anything you don’t need by either donating it, having a yard sale, or just box it up and put it in the attic.  Not only will your home seem roomier, but you’ll get a head start on packing too!

  1. Remove Bulky Furniture

Along the same lines of decluttering, you should also get rid of any bulky furniture or other large items.  Rooms appear larger when there is less furniture in them.  Leave just enough to display the room’s purpose.  Consider renting a storage unit or asking a friend to store some items for you while your house is on the market.

  1. Organize

Organization is key when it comes to making a house look neat and well kept. It also makes that important storage space in your home seem adequate.  This goes for your kitchen cabinets, closets, underneath your bathroom sink, and anywhere else items are stored.  Invest in some dividers or boxes that will keep things looking orderly.

  1. Go Neutral

This may mean you need to repaint.  Stay away from bold, dramatic colors, and stick with whites, tans, and other earth tones that don’t distract the buyer from seeing the space itself. Be sure to also keep décor simple and classic so buyers can picture themselves in the house.  Put away any crazy paintings, wild (i.e. leopard print) comforters, too many family photos, and kids’ artwork hanging on the refrigerator.

  1. Make Repairs

Whether you need to hire a handyperson or can do it yourself, make a list of all the small things you’ve been meaning to fix, and try to devote one weekend knocking it all out.  Check for holes in the walls, leaky faucets, burned out light bulbs, squeaky doors, and anything else that may turn off a buyer.

  1. Curb Appeal

We all know first impressions are key.  If your house looks drab on the outside, many potential buyers won’t even make it to the front door.  A little landscaping can go a long way.  So mow the lawn, trim the hedges, plant some cheerful flowers, or add a few potted plants, clean the windows, and fix any paint that is peeling.

  1. Clean

You can hire a professional to give your house a deep clean, or you can do it yourself.  Be sure to dust, including fan blades, light fixtures, and mantles.  Polish faucets, appliances, and mirrors, wash both sides of windows, wax floors, and vacuum.  Eliminate any foul smells and if you have time, maybe even make cookies, which can make the whole house smell warm and inviting.  Or just buy a candle and fake it!

If you’re getting ready to sell your home and you live in the Potomac, North Potomac, Bethesda, Rockville, Kensington, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, or Washington, DC area, give us a call at the Fitzpatrick Group so we can help get your home ready to sell in no time!