Clean, clean, clean
Nobody wants to live in a dirty house. A cluttered and grimy house is easily a turn-off, so make sure your home is sparkly clean before you start getting requests for ocular visits from potential buyers.
A dusty house can make your property look worn out and old. By cleaning important areas and items in your house, you can easily give your home an inexpensive facelift.
Thoroughly wash the windows, dust the fan blades and fireplace mantle as well as polish the appliances and faucets in your home. Use clean curtains and sheets, as well as vacuum the carpet to get rid of dust. If you have already moved out, or you are too busy to keep your home clean, you should consider hiring a cleaning service provider to maintain your house.
Cleaning up your home also involves getting rid of pests that can destroy the furniture and furnishings, and leave smelly and unsightly droppings. A home infested with mice and other pests can also pose risks to health. Make sure to call for rodent control if you have pest infestation problems in your home.
Pay attention to smells
Remember not to overlook other factors that hint of the overall health of your house. A house that smells musty could be an indication of the presence of mold and other harmful bacteria. Do check the air ducts and have them cleaned. A rotten-egg smell is also a no-no. If your house smells of rotten eggs even after you dispose of your garbage, make sure to call a professional as soon as possible since this could be an indication of a gas leak.
The easiest way to get rid of offending odors in your house is to look for and remove the source. Check the pantry and the cabinets in case there are hidden leftover foods. Throw away the garbage.
If somebody in your home is a heavy smoker, be aware that nicotine from cigarettes can leave an awful odor that can linger in the air and the carpet. You can remove the odor by washing the walls and the windows. You may also want to neutralize the unpleasant smell using baking soda or coffee grounds. You can place these odor-removing items in the area where the smell originates and they can help absorb and eliminate the odor.
Bring nature inside
Plants can be a great add-on inside your house. They do not just add an aesthetic touch of the outdoors to your interior. They also help clean the air inside the house. Do place some hanging plants in your living room. You can also place some pots of herbs in the kitchen.
You can also place potted plants and flowers in a vase to fill in empty corners of your house. Doing so may even help draw attention to outstanding features of your home that you want to stand out. Just make sure that the plants you bring inside are healthy and bug-free.
Repaint the walls
Repainting the walls of your house before selling it can make a big difference when it comes to the selling price since it can cover the dents and stains, as well as give your home a refreshing new look.
Be aware though that the color your use matters. According to a 2017 Zillow study, shades of blue or light grey are a better bet at attracting home buyers than an all-white paint.
Let there be light!
A dark and gloomy house is least likely to get the attention of potential home buyers. Remember that bright rooms with lots of sunlight can look bigger, fresh and even more inviting, so let the natural light get inside your home. Natural light is especially important if you have plants inside your home. Artificial light can also help. You can add floor or table lamps in dim areas to make the rooms in your house look brighter.