Home prepping may be required for a number of reasons including preparation for home sale or getting ready to buy a home, or even for surviving calamities. This article will provide you information on all these aspects of home prepping with effective guidelines to ensure that you are prepared in the best possible way for buying, selling or surviving disasters.
When You Are Selling Your Home:
The first thing that you need to do while prepping your home for selling is to list it out after you have made a few changes to the property. This will help you make a good ‘first impression’ on all potential buyers, and maybe even get a good deal for your home. Here are some ideas that will help you in home prepping for your house sale.
- Thorough Cleaning
An unclean home is not exactly what you want potential buyers to see. Make sure that you dust the fan blades and fireplace mantle, wash the windows thoroughly and polish the faucets and appliances. In case you’re not living in the house anymore, call in a reputed cleaning service to do the needful for you every other week until the deal is finalized. And speaking of mess, you definitely would want your space to be clutter-free. Get rid of the old shoe pile from the entrance, clean up the mails stacked on your kitchen table and any other things that will obstruct potential buyers from viewing your home’s amazing features.
Before you put your home for sale, make sure that your walls are repainted with neutral colors. No matter how much you love the beige color of your living room, chances are that they will make buyers turn away. Neutral tones like whites and tans will allow potential buyers to concentrate on the space instead of the wall colors.
- Faux Renovation
With a few tweaks you can make a huge difference in the appearance of a room. Learn how to frame a doorway using the best framing hammer to impress your buyers. Replace the outdated hinges, fixtures and faucets of your kitchen with new ones and throw in some slipcovers over your beaten family furniture pieces to avoid being disappointed by potential buyers.
When Prepping to Buy a Home:
If you are planning to get a new home, it is important that you begin the preparations a good deal of time before the actual purchase. Things to consider while prepping for a home purchase include the following:
- Savings Matter
You must start saving money for mortgage payment while you are living on rent. You will also need to reserve cash for buying the home, and to assure your lender that you have the money for housing payment which may be more than your existing rent amount.
- Opt for Classes/Seminars on Home Purchase
Agents and lenders offer free seminars every now and then to explain the entire process of buying a home. Even nonprofit and local government organizations hold classes to give you an idea about financial responsibilities related to buying a home. Make sure you attend one or more of such classes/seminars to understand how you need to prepare yourself financially to purchase a house.
- Budget for Buying
Although, you can ask lenders to help you estimate the amount of money you’ll require for buying a house, yet it will help you a great deal to prepare a budget for yourself. This budget will help you in planning out the amount you need to spend on paying mortgage.
When Prepping To Survive Disasters:
At times you may start panicking about how to keep your family safe during disasters. Home prepping for disasters include making checklists of essential items and organizing and setting goals for supply provisions.
- Storage for Preps
Your supplies (or preps) must be stored properly. Designate a space for storing preps. Make an inventory and make sure that your preps are checked for spoilage or expiry every now and then.
- Opt for Cheap Food
For this part you have to shop around and get the maximum out of every penny you spend. Your patience will help you get better deals. Check out the local and online stores and compare them. Detailed researches will help you find the best prices for the food items you need to store.
All the above-mentioned ideas are important for each aspect of home prepping. You may add more ideas to this list but it is necessary that you chalk a plan before prepping your home for selling, buying or even surviving calamities.
Hi! I’m Emma Clark from The Art of Home Renovations, an interior designer with one true passion: home improvement. With my experience and skill, I want to help you make your home into a revolutionary & magical work of art through easy, inexpensive, and innovative ideas that you can DIY!