Make Needed Repairs
Before you stage, walk through your home with your Washington realtor and evaluate anything that is in disrepair. Take note of holes in walls, worn or stained sections of carpet, doors that don’t close properly, loose knobs, or anything else that can be easily repaired or replaced. Once this is done, look at major repairs and replacements such as outdated appliances or leaking toilets and decide which you will spend money on and which you will leave. The more you can repair before you list your home, the more interested buyers will be and the fewer repairs they’ll request during the inspection period.
Have a Professional Cleaning
It doesn’t matter how much work your stager puts into your home if it’s not clean. If you haven’t had a deep cleaning done in awhile, now is the time
. When prospective buyers look at houses for sale in Washington that aren’t sparkling clean, their initial impression is much lower, and they may pass it up for homes that are more presentable. Even if you think you’ve done a good job keeping your home clean, you should still bring in some pros who can tackle tough stains or get to hard-to-reach places like overhead lighting or baseboards. A few hundred dollars spent on a professional deep clean is well worth it when it could easily lead to higher offers.
Address Personalized Features
You may love that funky wallpaper in the dining room or the pop of bright colors on the guest bathroom walls, but prospective buyers likely won’t. Before you stage your home, talk with your Washington realtor about anything that needs to be repainted or replaced that could turn potential buyers off. Hire a painter to turn colorful walls into neutral tones and consider replacing ornamental light fixtures or other pieces of hardware with options that are more universally appealing.
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