Thinking about selling your home in Maryland? Here are some tips on how to prepare your home to attract more buyers and increase your chances of selling quickly and for top dollar.
How to Make Your Home Show Ready
Power wash the exterior. Clean your home’s exterior to remove any dirt, mold, and mildew. This includes exterior siding, doors, rain gutters, windows, screens, driveway, and walkways.
Invigorate your lawn. Prune bushes and trim trees so they enhance your house, not hide it. Mow and edge the grass and add some container plants to your patio to make it colorful and welcoming.
Make the front door inviting. Add a fresh coat of paint and replace the doorknob if it's tarnished. If the front porch light is outdated, install a new one. Buy a new welcome mat and replace or paint the numbers on your house if they are faded.
Scrub the inside. Pay extra attention to your bathrooms and kitchen and make them really shine. Clean everything in your house from the ceiling fans to the floors, and don’t forget the baseboards and the inside of the windows.
Get rid of clutter. A cluttered house can cost a sale. Rent a storage unit, make a donation, or borrow space in a friend’s garage, whatever it takes.
Depersonalize. Take down family photos, school artwork, and other personal effects. It’s important to neutralize your home decor so buyers can easily see themselves moving in and living there.
Organize. Organize kitchen and bathroom drawers, cabinets, and all closets. You never know when a buyer is going to take a peek inside.
Stage your home. Move furniture around to make rooms appear larger. Repaint any wildly colored walls a neutral color and touch up any chipped paint. Be sure to display fresh towels in the bathroom and fresh linens on the bed. Open up the blinds and turn on the lights in every room to make everything bright and cheerful.