Preparing Your Home For Sale
First impressions sell houses! It is critical that potential buyers get that "good first impression". Preparing your home for sale gives you a major advantage over your competition. A little attention to important details can make a big difference in a potential buyer's impression of your home.
Curb Appeal -- Wash down driveways and sidewalks, check them for cracking and crumbling, and patch as necessary.
Lawn and Yard -- Your lawn must appear well maintained. Grass should be cut and edged, hedges trimmed, leaves raked and gardens weeded. Plant seasonal colorful flowers to add a bright cheerful look.
Windows -- Clean windows inside and out to give your home a "bright" feeling.
Siding -- Make sure the exterior siding is in good condition. A fresh coat of paint or a power washing will enhance "curb appeal".
Roof and Gutters -- Your roof, gutters and downspouts should be in good condition and free of leaves.
Front Entrance -- A fresh coat of paint will go a long way toward enhancing your home's appearance. Potted plants add a warm feeling. A welcome door mat in good condition will immediately put potential buyer's in the right frame of mind.Kitchen -- It is well known that the kitchen is one of the most important areas in a house. All appliances should be clean. The sink and counter tops should be clean and uncluttered. Flooring should be in good repair. A bowl of fresh fruit adds a nice touch.
Bathrooms -- Keep them spotless, fresh and dry. If necessary, repair caulking around the tub and grout between the tiles. Towels and rugs should be clean and neat. Scrub tile with mildew remover and grout cleaner. Mirrors and glass shower door should be sparkling clean. Add a plant for a touch of color.
Bedrooms -- Keep them neat. Beds should be made and clothing put away. In children's rooms try to keep toys tidy and not overly cluttered.
Walls and Woodwork -- Keep them clean and free from smudges. A new coat of paint will impress the buyers and give your home a fresh smell. If you need to repaint, light neutral colors should be used. Beige and off-whites have the widest appeal to the largest percentage of buyers. If you have any rooms decorated in dark colors you should consider repainting.
Closets and Cabinets -- Storage spaces appear much larger when they are neat and well organized. If possible, remove rarely used items and off-season clothing. Uncluttered, organized closets appear much larger.
Window Treatments -- Curtains and shades should be clean and left open. Buyers prefer a bright and airy feeling in a home.
Plumbing -- Be certain that all faucets, showers and toilets work correctly and have no leaks.
Furnace and Air Conditioners -- Keep units clean and well maintained. Remove dust and dirt from exterior of the unit and any air vents and in-takes.
Lighting and Sound -- Bright cheerful lighting creates a positive environment. Replace burned out bulbs. During showings open the blinds and turn on lights. Turn off the TV, dishwasher, dryer and play soft background music.