How to Prep Your Home for a Viewing

Sonia Figueroa
Sonia Figueroa
Published on December 4, 2019

How to Prep our Home for a Viewing

If you are looking to list your home for sale, it’s very important that you prepare the house first. No matter how well you maintained your home when you lived in it, there will always be wear and tear. Not to mention the fact that there could be scuffs when you’re moving out, or other small issues you didn’t notice when all of your furniture was in place. 

If you’re in the market to buy a new home, these tips also come in handy when you’re looking at homes. You can absolutely tell how well the owner has been caring for the home when it looks great at the viewing. 

Here is how you can prep your home for a viewing: 

Paint the Walls 

Painting the walls is one of the simplest and most cost-effective steps to preparing your home for a viewing and it has a HUGE impact. Some fresh paint can really turn over the entire look and feel of the room. While there are no hard-and-fast rules about colors, it’s recommended you keep them neutral if you’re selling, so as not to turn off prospective buyers. If they want funky colors, they can buy it and do that themselves. 

Tidy Up the Garden and Landscaping 

Another simple but effective way to up the curb appeal of your home for a viewing is to tidy up the garden and the landscaping. It’s a minimal investment for the potential return because an overgrown lawn or hedges can really bring down the overall appeal of the property. 

If you have nice grass on the lawn already, you can just have it cut and tidied up. If not, you may consider planting new grass before listing your home, in order to get the best price for your sale. LawnStarter has some great tips on how to properly care for your lawn. You should also take into consideration your location, climate and time of year, as well as what type of grass you have. 

If it’s not the right time of year for planting new grass, just do a great job on the existing landscaping and consider putting some potted plants or fresh flowers out on the porch or by the front entrance. 

Address Any Repairs

You may not be thinking about spending more money when you’re trying to sell your home, but making repairs is pretty much a given. If you want to get the most money possible for your house sale, you need to address any repairs. You should pay special attention to bathrooms and the kitchen area as well. 

repair walls before selling a house

There are also some renovations that can greatly improve your home’s overall value. In today’s market, the value that comes from renovations can vary greatly. It’s important to know where it is smart to invest your reno budget, and which projects would just be a money pit. 

Stage with Furniture 

An empty home can feel… well… hollow. It’s not very welcoming. Many people have a hard time envisioning the space how it will be used without some furniture in it. Unless they think like a realtor or designer themselves, it can be difficult to imagine. Using some simple, elegant, and minimalistic furniture to stage the home before a viewing is a great fix to this. 

Putting the time, energy, and budget into these tips to prep your home for a viewing ensures the potential buyers will see the best possible version of your home. This is essential to making the sale and at a price you feel good about. 

Now that you have these tips on how to prep your home for a viewing, you’re ready to get started. What will you start with first? 

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