If you are getting ready to sell your house, you may be trying to decide how to prepare it for visits by potential buyers while still living at the residence. While a good cleaning inside is a good idea, there are a couple of mistakes that you should avoid when trying to get your house ready for showing.
1. Neglecting to Clean Up the House's Exterior
One mistake that you need to avoid when getting your house ready for potential buyers is neglecting to clean up the house's exterior. While you may be focused on getting the inside cleaned up and staged, you also need to make sure that the yard and front porch are ready as well.
The exterior is where visitors will make their first impression. If the yard looks overgrown or the porch is messy, this could adversely impact a potential buyer's decision on the house.
Even if the yard is kept mown, you also need to take a look at the shrubbery and trees. Take a little time to trim up any errant branches and cut out any dead growth. These little tasks can help clean up the property's overall visual effect.
As far as the front porch goes, put new cushions on the furniture and give the door and banister a fresh coat of paint. These small touches can give the house a welcoming vibe.
2. Decluttering the Main Areas by Stuffing Excess Possessions Into Closets or Spare Rooms
Once you have cleaned up the exterior of the house, you may then again return to focus on the interior. While you want to make sure that the main areas are clean and clutter-free, do not make the mistake of simply stuffing your excess possessions into closets and spare rooms.
When a potential buyer comes to look at your house, they will want to see the entire house. This includes looking at how much closet space the home has as well as seeing all of the rooms, including ones that you may have deemed "junk" rooms.
Instead of trying to hide everything inside of your house, consider renting a storage building for items you will not need until you move. Speak with your agent for recommendations on facilities you can contact.
Avoiding the above mistakes while preparing your house to show can help you make it more presentable and appealing to potential buyers. For more tips and information about staging your house so that it will sell, seek out the guidance of your real estate agent.