Prepare Your Home
Today, savvy shoppers understand how to find the best deal on a home in the current real estate market. If you are struggling to sell your home in an area where there are numerous homes listed, then you need to make a building look attractive. One of the most important aspects of selling a home is making sure all of its surfaces look spotless and new. This is because anyone who is looking at a home that is dirty will assume it is also in disrepair with leaking water pipes and poor electrical wiring.
Remove Ugly Clutter
When you moved into your home, you may have decorated it with your favorite paint colors and wallpaper patterns, but the individuals looking at your decor are not going to like peach-colored walls or floral wallpaper from the 1980s. You will want to make a home look as neutral as possible to make it easier for real estate buyers to imagine their own furniture and draperies in each room. First, you must begin by getting rid of clutter to make rooms look bigger and to make it easier to redecorate with new coats of paint.
Wash Dirty Drywall
If you need to repaint walls and ceilings, then begin by washing the surfaces with mild detergent and warm water. The walls and ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms will need extra cleaning to remove layers of grease or mold growth. When you have used dark colors of paint on walls or ceilings, you are going to need a base coat of heavy paint before adding a neutral color such as off-white, white or beige. Make sure to protect floor surfaces with plastic tarps and the wood trim with painter’s tape to avoid damaging other surfaces.
Remove Old-Fashioned Wallpaper
If you have a lot of wallpaper in a home, then it is a difficult chore to remove this material, but you can rent or buy a steam machine to make the process easier. You will also need to dissolve the underlying glue or adhesive with solvents before sanding the drywall surface slightly to improve its texture. While redecorating a home for the real estate market, avoid hanging a lot of artwork or photographs on the walls because buyers do not want to fill the holes and repaint the surfaces.
Sanitize Plumbing Fixtures
In addition to repainting walls, make sure to clean or resurface bathroom and kitchen fixtures that have stains or chips. There are do-it-yourself kits for repairing scratches and chips on bathtubs or sinks, but you can also hire a professional to perform this task. When a home has old-fashioned colors on fixtures such as gold, pink or green, you should consider either replacing the items or have the items dyed with a new neutral color. Make sure that the backsplashes, countertops and bathtub surround is sanitized to remove mold before replacing missing grout. Use a brush and cleanser to remove soap scum and mineral deposits from showerheads and faucets.
Clean Floor Surfaces
Potential homebuyers also look at floor tiles and wall-to-wall carpets before making an offer on a home because these items are time-consuming and difficult to replace. You can rent floor scrubber and waxing machines to improve the appearance of floor surfaces such as glass, ceramic or laminated tile. A professional carpet-cleaning company is your best option for having pet and food stains removed from carpets before the entire surfaces are steamed to lift debris and eliminate odor. After your home is redecorated, you are ready to contact a real estate agent to list a home on the market.