How to Prepare Your Home to Sell For More

Today I’m talking about how to make your home brighter, lighter, and cleaner for the market.

How do you prepare your home to sell for more money? Here are a few tips to help you do this:

1. Brighter. For the photos you use to market your home online, we need as much light to illuminate the property as possible. Try removing all your window screens and blinds, cleaning the windows, and replacing all the lightbulbs in the house with daylight bulbs.

2. Lighter. One of the best things you can do to prepare your home for the market is to get rid of any dark furniture and paint schemes. If your home incorporates a lot of dark colors inside, consider repainting those areas with a light, neutral palette.

3. Clean. Though many people like to ask their family and friends to help them deep clean their house before they sell it, I recommend that you just hire a professional cleaning crew to come to do a sweep of your entire home. If you do this before you take your listing photos, they’ll shine all the brighter. The average cost of a professional cleaning service is around $150 per 1,000 square feet, so a 4,000 square-foot home would cost $600 to clean—this is the best money you could spend when preparing your home for the market.

"If your home incorporates a lot of dark colors inside, consider repainting."

Next time, I’ll discuss how to correctly price your for-sale home after you’ve implemented these principles and how pricing impacts both buyers and sellers. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to hear from you.

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