PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE
With a little effort on your part, your home can be sold more quickly and at a better price. The following tips have proved invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention.
Preparation For Showing:
1. First impressions are lasting! The front door greets the buyers. Make sure it is fresh, clean, and inviting and if necessary, paint the trim.
2. Keep lawn trimmed and edged, and the yard free of refuse. Reseed the lawn and fertilize if necessary, weed the gardens and add mulch. Deep green grass makes a lasting impression.
3. Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduces appeal. Why try to tell the buyer how your home could look when you can show him by redecorating? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. An investment in neutral new kitchen paint will pay dividends.
4. Let the sunshine in. Open draperies and curtains and let the buyers see how cheerful your home can be. Dark rooms do not appeal to many buyers.
5. Do the windows and window screens work well and look good? Have the windows spotless.
6. Are the appliances operating properly and sparkling?
7. Fix the faucet! Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.
8. Little things mean a lot! Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have them fixed.
9. From top to bottom. Display the full value of your utility space by removing all unnecessary articles. Brighten dark areas by painting walls and adding brighter light bulbs.
10. Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.
11. Pack excess linens and clothing to make closets appear larger. Neat, well-ordered closets show the space is ample.
12. Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair grout in bathtubs and showers. Make these room sparkle. Don’t let the handy
15. Am I familiar with similar homes on the market that I may be competing with?
16. Have I asked my REALTOR for a list of ways I cam improve the “marketability” of my home without wasting time and money?
17. Can you see the light? Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a glowing evening when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.
18. Am I ready to disclose any structural defects such as roof, foundation or wiring problems?
19. Have I started looking for my new home? Do I know what I want in another home?
20. What do I need to do to prepare for my upcoming move?