Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

People usually decide within a couple of minutes whether they like your home.  Prospective buyers start forming their opinion before they even walk in the front door.  First Impressions are the most lasting and the most important.

As the Seller, give your home a competitive edge by making your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Make cosmetic improvements that require a little time and effort and a limited financial investment..

 

Exterior Curb Appeal

Landscaping invest a few dollars where it can easily be seen will make a great first impression. Freshly mowed, clipped shrubs, clean walkways and some flowers to brighten the entryway.  Make sure backyard is clean and lawns and plants are well maintained and weed free. Store lawn equipment and toys out of sight. Dispose of all debris, and wash down driveways and sidewalks.

Paint your house if necessary which will add to curb appeal more than any other investment.  Or, consider touching up front door and trim. Repair and re-paint fences and gates if necessary. Check roof, gutters, downspouts to make sure all are in good condition.

Windows and windowsills should be clean inside and out.  Replace, repair broken windows and screens.

Make sure doorknobs are clean and polished and doorbell and front lights are in working order.

Interior First Impression

Clean, de-clutter, to give your home a more spacious look. De-personalize so buyers can visualize it as their home. Walk from room to room and inspect it just as a Buyer would.

The kitchen is most important room in the house, make it bright and attractive.  It should be spotless, including cupboards, stove, appliances.  Repair dripping faucets, floor tiles if necessary. Clear off counters to make them look larger.

The bathrooms should be free from dripping or leaking faucets. Also, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, and showers should be free from stains. Clean and repair all damaged or missing caulking..

Living Areas. Walls should be clean and free of smudges, fingerprints and dents, check for cracks, seams and repair woodwork and wallpaper if needed.  Also check ceilings for leaks and stains and repair and paint.

Clean and shine hard surface floors, mirrors, picture frames and glass.  Shampoo rugs and carpets.  Replace burnt-out lights bulbs, cracked or missing switch plates, and damaged lampshades. Clean out fireplace and add some fresh logs or candles to make it look inviting.

Bedrooms should be neat and tidy with attractive bedspreads and window coverings. Clothing, shoes, other objects should be in closets, not on the floors and should be organized.  Badly worn furniture should be temporarily stored out of sight.  Use air fresheners to eliminate odors.

 

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