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Finishing Touches that Make Your Home Ready for the Market

By Guest Author | June 13, 2016

So you’re ready to sell your home. You’ve spent countless hours repairing, remodeling, replacing, and painting. But is your home really ready to go on the market? Consider the following tips as a final checklist and you will soon be handing the keys over to the new home owners.

Finishing Touches that Make Your Home Ready for the Market

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is probably one of the most important aspects of selling a home. If the house doesn’t catch their eye from the street, chances are the buyer won’t make the call to the realtor. You can increase your homes’ curb appeal by having the windows professionally washed. Make sure that there are no stray toys or yard tools left lying around as well. Also, invest in some inexpensive shrubs and flowers for an instant color boost.

The Kitchen

No matter how small your remodeling budget is, the kitchen is the one room to plan on putting the bulk of your investment in. Professionals, like those at Callier Thompson Kitchen & Bath, know that a kitchen remodel is almost always the ultimate selling point in a home. Inexpensive options to consider could be things as simple as painting the cabinets in neutral colors or replacing the cabinet pulls.

The Entryway

You have a potential buyer coming in the door. What will they see when they step into the entryway? A pile of mail on the table, or shoes strewn all over the floor? You can increase the likelihood of purchase by cleaning up the entryway. Even if you don’t have a lot of space in the entryway, you can create the illusion by de-cluttering the area and using light, neutral coloring.

As part of your final preparations to put your home up for sale, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to do a final cleaning. Even if you continue to live in the home until it sells, having a team of pro cleaners come in and clean your home from top to bottom will make it easier when you’ve only got twenty minutes to get ready for a showing. Another way to prep your home for sale is to replace all the curtains with blinds. Blinds will give a simple, clean look to your home while allowing the buyer to imagine their own window treatments in place.

Most importantly, don’t stress out about the process; enjoy the process. You’ve spent the time and the money to make your home stand out, and the effort that you have put into preparing your home to sell will pay off.


About the author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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