13 super easy tricks for how to get your house ready to sell! These tips will help make sure your home looks ready to sell and get you an offer faster! Save time by prepping ahead of time rather than waiting around for home buyers.
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Earlier last month, the four of us packed up our Michigan home and flew out west. We are officially living in Arizona! [Read all the move details here]
And whew-– the whole process was pretty overwhelming. Until we move into our new home in about a week, we are living in a furnished apartment in North Scottsdale. While the relocation process has been pretty organized, it’s been a little stressful living only with what we brought on the airplane 8 weeks ago.
But one thing that wasn’t stressful when we moved?
Having our house already sold, after only 8 days on the market.
We didn’t have to worry about showings, negotiating from across the country, or wondering who was inside our home while we were 2,000+ miles away.
Leaving our home was hard, but knowing it was going to another family who would love it just as much as we would, made the transition a little easier.
If you aren’t already familiar with our story, we sold our new home-build in Alabama and then built another new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Again, we were under contract in just a week.
After selling two homes in two weeks combined, I wanted to share what worked for us.
How to Sell Your House Fast
If you’re in a similar situation, I wanted to share my favorite strategies for how to get your house ready to sell fast!
After all who wants to keep their home showing ready every day for weeks… or months? None of us need that stress!
[Also, these photos are primarily from my phone as we were moving, I apologize that they aren’t shot with a better camera!]
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- 5 Super Easy Ways to Decorate a Living Room
Walk Through Like a Buyer
- Baseboards & Door Frames (The Magic Eraser does wonders for cleaning up dirty areas)
- Interior Door Condition (We use an old t-shirt and pledge to wipe them all down and remove greasy fingerprints)
- HVAC vents
- Small Kitchen Updates
- Outdoor space or drainage concerns
- Stage a Playroom into an office
- Look for chipped paint, scratches that amplify wear & tear
- Mechanical areas of the house
- Carpet Condition
Touch Up Paint
Spot Clean Your Carpet
Paint Over Any Bright & Colorful Walls
De-personalize Your Space!
Professional Photos Are A Must Have These Days
Make a Home Tour Video
List Price Your Home Very Fairly
Create an Answer to Your Home’s Biggest Problem
Say Yes to All Showing Requests
Keep Everything Super Tidy
- Bake all dinners on Sunday so that throughout the week you don’t dirty dishes
- Give yourself permission to use paper plates and plastic silverware for a while
- Keep a plastic tote in each bedroom/ family space. Each morning, toss all the clutter from life inside the tote! Slide the tote in a corner or closet.
- If you are meal planning, keep the week flexible depending on last-minute showing requests. You don’t want to have a slow cooker out all day of a powerful aroma that is off-putting.
- Do a load of laundry every night rather than letting it build up. Place all your towels in the wash right away rather than back on the towel racks.
- Clear off the bathroom counter as you use items each morning.
- Before bed, each night or before you run out the door in the mornings, do a quick glance through for any clutter. Toss it in the back of your car if you need to!
- Do a quick vacuum over any carpeted spaces in main living areas and if you have the time, the bedrooms. I felt like even if the house wasn’t 100%, vacuuming the floors made everything look just a little bit better.
For the week of showings, we ate out a lot, ate super quick dinners that required almost no prep and just left it that. We knew it would be difficult to change it up, but saving time and cleaning the kitchen was totally worth it.
Front Porch Curb Appeal Ideas
- Paint the front door (if needed). For us, we never used the front door. When I was looking at earlier this Spring I was thinking ohmigosh, this has gotten really beaten up by the weather over the past 5 years.
- Add a new welcome mat if the old one is well worn
- Buy a planter that comes in a cute container from a big box store the next time you’re driving by.
- If you have a chair or seating already, look for a clearance throw pillow that brightens up the porch
- If you have a little extra muscle, buy a few bags of mulch and thrown them across your existing flowerbeds. For about $3 a bag, you can make a big impact with a little sweat equity!
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