It might be your precious belongings, but to outsiders it amounts to nothing more than extra clutter. And clutter can be a real turnoff. When it comes to selling your house, less is always more. Go room-to-room and declutter your living environment. Clean off counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas. Don’t forget about closets, drawers, and cupboards too.
Prospective buyers can (and will) look everywhere in a house they are considering buying. If the house is overflowing with stuff, it starts to look small in their eyes. They will worry that the house doesn’t have enough space for their belongings. They may also feel the house is messy and unkempt. No one wants to buy a dirty house.
Do yourself a favor and preemptively declutter your house. Deal with your excess stuff, whether you donate it, sell it, throw it out, or pack it up to be stored offsite. Not only will clearing clutter help your house look more appealing to buyers, it will also help you once it’s time to pack-up and move.
11. Repaint (Using Neutral Colors)
You might love that orange accent wall. However, if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, it would be a turnoff. Repaint in neutral colors that are more appealing to a wider array of people. Also, lighter colors enable buyers to envision what the walls would look like with the color of their choice.
That said, many people don’t want to buy a house if they feel they’ll have to repaint it themselves. Most home buyers aren’t looking for a renovation project. So it’s best to repaint the house yourself, before listing it for sale. The sweat equity you put into painting will increase the value of your house. Also, remember that it is the seller’s job to help buyers picture themselves in the house.