PREPARING YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. The old adage rings true – especially when marketing a home. While many things go into the process of actually selling a home, the Buyer’s perception of value always sells it! Here are some tips to help make their first impression of your property a lasting one.
1. CURB APPEAL
Since the exterior of the home is the first thing prospective buyers will see, you’ll want to make sure the lawn is cut, shrubs are trimmed and weeds are pulled. Ensure that leaves, snow and ice are removed from sidewalks and steps. Make the front door say “welcome” by keeping the porch clean and the front door painted if necessary. A seasonal door decoration adds a warm touch.
2. LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN
Open all draperies and blinds to highlight your walls and ceilings, making certain your windows are clean. All of the lights should be on whether it’s day or night.
3. DOUGHTY DÉCOR?
Faded walls, worn carpet and scratched woodwork reduce appeal. However a little goes a long way. Furniture placement, strategically placed wall art, and some neutral paint can do magic. Adding a fresh vase of flowers will make your home feel cheery and welcoming.
4. CLEAN KITCHEN IS A MUST
Many buyers judge the housekeeping by the oven and stove. Make sure they are spotless, especially the doors. The same goes for the refrigerator and dishwasher. Wipe out your cabinets and pack away unnecessary items.
5. CHECK FOR CLUTTER
Remove seldom used furniture and other items that aren’t essential. Keep table and countertops clean from newspapers, and toys. Make sure stairways and halls are clear. Organized half-full closets make them look larger.
6. MAKE SURE IT WORKS
Everything needs to be in working order. Fix the squeaky doors, loose door knobs, and leaky faucets. Minor flaws in your house suggest neglect to the prospective buyer, even when everything else is in tip-top shape.
7. UNFINISHED SPACES COUNT BIG AT SHOWINGS
Display the full value of your basement, garage, attic and other unfinished spaces by removing all unnecessary articles and neatly stacking what’s left. If your basement or crawl space has a damp smell, run a dehumidifier.
8. MAKE YOUR BATHROOM SPARKLE
Shower doors, ceramic tile and grouting should be cleaned and free of soap film. Don’t forget to polish fixtures and repair caulking if needed. If there’s a window in your bathroom, open it up and let the fresh air in, weather permitting.
9. BREATHE DEEPLY
Do a smell check. If your home smells fresh and clean it will feel fresh and clean to a potential buyer. You’ll need to be particularly aware of pet and smoking odors and may want to elicit a neighbor’s opinion. Air fresheners are an option but don’t over-do it! It’s also a good idea to replace the furnace filter.
10. OUT OF SIGHT – OUT OF MIND
Try to leave for showings and remove personal photos in the home. This allows buyers to truly see themselves in your space. Pets can also be a distractions, if you have a pet, we suggest that you keep it out of the way, preferably out of the house, until the showing is complete.
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