On to the kitchen and bathrooms. People panic here. No need to. This can be the most rewarding and take the least amount of time. This is not a remodel, it is a quick uplift. First thing as in every room is to declutter the room, the cabinets, and the drawers. That means take everything out. Only put back the bare essentials. Pack away or donate all those extra kitchen utensils that are only used once a year. Give the walls a fresh coat of neutral paint. Wash all the cabinet doors down. It is amazing how much better they will look. Pick out new hardware for the cabinets and drawers if they look dated or tarnished. Counters shouldn’t have more than three objects on them. Store away all those appliances that are covering the counter, toaster, coffeemaker, toaster oven, blender, coffee grinder, etc. Only 3 items! If you have an island put fresh flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit in the middle.
Now the bathrooms. Clean out the vanity or cabinet. Clean the vanity doors and also put new hardware as in the kitchen. Get a new shower curtain, bathmat and a set of towels. Done!
On to the bedrooms. We have already gone over what to do with the walls. Let’s discuss furniture and bedding. Get rid of extra pieces of furniture. Get that treadmill or desk out of the bedroom. It’s a bedroom, not a home office or a gym. Your nightstands should have a lamp, a book (not political or controversial), and a clock, that’s it.
Finally, the home office. With so many people working from home currently, the office has become one of the most important rooms in the house. Let’s make it stand out! The office should be set up for just that – an office. No mixed-use, no treadmill, no craft table! People want and need a dedicated office space and if you mix uses it appears that you don’t have enough room. Clean out piles of paper and either discard or file out of sight. Extra supplies should be stored out of site also. Power cords need to be untangled and look organized. As with the other rooms, get rid of extra furniture. A bookshelf is great for the home office as long as it isn’t piled with “stuff”. Organize the books and any other objects on the shelves so it is appealing to prospective buyers as they are touring your house. Lastly, make sure you have good lighting. Imperative for an office!
That covers the entire house. As you are going through your house decluttering and rearranging and getting rid of extra furniture you may be thinking where am I going to put this stuff. There are a couple of options. You can rent a storage unit. If that isn’t in the budget then you can neatly start stacking boxes in the garage or basement. It is perfectly normal to have begun packing to move. As a matter of fact, it tells the prospective buyers that you are serious about selling your home. Just remember don’t clutter the garage or basement so no one can walkthrough. This advice should help put you in the best position to sell your home quickly and get the best price.