Prep your home for sale this spring

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The spring season is a prime time for home buying, and owners who plan on selling a home can start making preparations early on to make the process go more smoothly. There are several actions sellers take when getting their homes ready, and making a checklist to follow can help make sure all their bases are covered.

Make it squeaky clean

One of the most common mistakes sellers make is not adequately cleaning their homes. A clean home generally looks more modern and spacious, and dirt, dust and grime that has been missed tends to stand out more to buyers. So it's important to go above and beyond when it comes to scrubbing a home down. Not only is it imperative to clean counters, walls and bathroom tiles, but it's also crucial to pressure wash backyard decks, power wash carpeting and organize closets and drawers. Buyers may want to look at every space in the home, so it's important that every nook and cranny is immaculate.

Add neutral upgrades


Many homeowners have decorated their home to their specific tastes, but when a home goes up for sale, owners should stop thinking of the home as their own and make upgrades accordingly. For example, bright walls and shag carpeting may have been the preference of the owner, but this style may not appeal to every buyer walking through the door. Instead, experts encourage sellers to neutralize their home, according to MSN Real Estate. First, sellers should repaint the walls. Not only will a fresh coat of paint make a home appear new and fresh, but it can also make rooms appear more spacious.

In addition, cracked floorboards, stained kitchen counters and old appliances can turn off buyers, so upgrading these features can help owners sell their homes more quickly. Individuals should also follow the neutral rule when making upgrades to make sure any improvements are in keeping not only with the home's particular character, but also similar homes in the neighborhood, MSN reports. For example, if all the houses in a community have granite countertops and upgraded kitchen fixtures, it may be a good idea to make similar upgrades to stay competitive with other properties that are up for sale.