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6 Tips To Freshen Up Your Home for Selling

Starfish The Gray Team Ucluelet Real Estate

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? If so, one of the most important things you can do is make it look and feel as fresh as possible. You want potential buyers to walk in and feel like this could be their new home. In this blog post, we'll share six tips for freshening up your home for selling quickly and easily.

1. Be Mindful of Odours

One of the first things you should do is eliminate any strong smells or odours. Avoid cooking anything with a strong lingering smell, like fish, curry, onions, garlic, deep-fried foods, or bacon. If you have pets, keep their bedding and food bowls clean and put away. You may even consider finding a pet sitter or boarding your pets while your home is on the market.

Baking soda is a miracle worker when getting rid of odours. Sprinkle some baking soda on carpets and upholstered furniture, let it sit for a few hours, and then vacuum it up. You can also put a bowl of baking soda in each room to absorb any lingering smells.

2. De-Clutter, Dust, & Polish

In addition to removing any strong smells, you should also make sure your home is clean and clutter-free. This means dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and doing whatever else it takes to make your home sparkle. Don't forget to clean windows, inside and out, and any ceiling fans or light fixtures. Closets should be decluttered and organized, too. You want buyers to be able to imagine their own belongings in your home, and that isn't easy to do when every surface is covered.

Try using a micro-fibre cloth with some lemon essential oil to dust and polish surfaces until they shine. Not only that, but the citrus smell will leave a fresh and appealing scent for potential buyers. And for mopping, we recommend using a natural product like Dr. Bronner's All-Purpose Cleaner. No need for harsh, chemical cleaning smells here!

3. Clean The Windows

Cleaning the windows is one of the most essential things to freshen up your home for selling. It will let in more natural light, making your home feel brighter and more inviting, but it will also give potential buyers a clear view of your home from the street.

If you have time, wash the windows yourself. Try using a vinegar and water solution. If you don't have time, or if your windows are particularly dirty, hire a professional window cleaning company. It's worth the investment, we promise!

4. Create Appealing Scents

In addition to cleaning and removing any bad smells, you should also make sure your home has a pleasant scent. There's nothing better than the scent of freshly baked cookies wafting from the kitchen to greet the noses of your visitors.

You can also use a diffuser, a great solution to add a fresh scent to a larger space. Some of our favourite essential oils for diffusing include lavender, orange, lemon, and peppermint. Just be sure not to go overboard with the scents. You don't want potential buyers to feel like they're walking into a department store perfume counter. A light, pleasant aroma is all you need.

5. Go Green With Houseplants

Another way to naturally freshen up your home is to add a houseplant to the room. The plants will purify the air, but they'll also add a touch of beauty to any room. The Boston fern, rubber plant, and peace lily are some of our favourite houseplants with the most purifying power.

6. A Fresh Coat of Paint

One of the quickest and easiest ways to freshen up your home and make it feel new again is with a fresh coat of paint. Since you're selling your home, it's best to avoid bright colours with a lot of character and stick with neutral colours like white, cream, light grey, or beige. These colours will help make your home feel bigger, brighter, and more inviting. Choose a non-toxic paint like Mythic Paint to avoid any nasty smells.

Conclusion

These six simple ways to freshen up your home will help you sell your home quickly and for top dollar. By removing any bad smells, decluttering, dusting and polishing, cleaning the windows, adding a fresh coat of paint, and placing houseplants around your home, you'll create a space that potential buyers will fall in love with.

We hope these tips have been helpful to you. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or more home-selling advice.

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