Prepping your house to put it up on the market can be a bit of a process, but putting in the time upfront to freshen it up can pay off in the end. When a potential buyer comes through the front door, you want their first breath to smell like home (and full-asking price).
Done and Dusted
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the best way to freshen up your living area is to get rid of the dirt, right down to the dust particles. A clean microfibre cloth — with a drop or two of lemon essential oil — will remove that nasty film from furniture, ceiling fans and door trim, and brighten up the room with a fresh, citrus scent.
Odor, Odor, Odor
The day before a showing, avoid cooking any foods with strong odors such as onions, garlic and bacon — they can linger in the air and make your house smell like a fast-food joint, not a family-friendly dwelling that deserves top dollar.
Go a step beyond skipping bacon for a couple days (oh, the sacrifice!) and get baking. There’s a reason REALTORS® continue to use the ole trick of popping in a batch of cookies to bake before a showing…it works. If measuring cups and chocolate chips aren’t your thing, reach for an all-natural, soy-wax vanilla-scented candle.
Tap into the power of nature’s natural air purifiers, a.k.a. plants. Not only does a selection of prettily potted houseplants visually lift an empty corner, but it also cleans the air. Opt for a Boston fern, rubber plant or a peace lily — they all pack a powerful purification punch.
Paint On, Paint Off
When getting a house ready to sell, sometimes retouching the paint can’t be avoided — chips from moving furniture and thumbtack holes from long discarded movie posters need to be fixed. Reach for a non-toxic paint that uses food-grade ingredients and is VOC free.
Fruit Bowl Fragrance
To make a fragrant DIY room spray, make sure to add vodka to your weekend shopping list. Yes, you read that right. Soak citrus rinds in the alcohol overnight (or longer) and then fill a spray bottle half with water and half with the lemony cocktail. Spray liberally around the house — we promise it will smell like an orchard, not a dive bar.
Spotless windows let sunlight stream into a space and help to show it off. Avoid eye-catching streaks with a homemade window spray using equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. For a tough-on-grime cleaner, mix two tablespoons of Borax into three cups of water, apply it to the mucky areas and then wipe clean.
Also, never underestimate the power of fresh air. Open the windows and let the breeze carry away odors, dust and stale air, and wow potential buyers with the freshness they find inside.