PREPARE YOUR HOUSE TO SELL FOR MORE
With a little effort on your part, your home can be sold more quickly and at a better price!
The following tips have provided invaluable to sellers and are worth your special attention:
1. First impressions are lasting! The front door greets the prospect- make sure it is fresh, clean and paint the trim.
2. Keep lawn trimmed and edged, the yard free of refuse. Reseed the lawn and fertilize if necessary, weed the gardens, and add mulch. Deep green grass makes a long lasting impression. In winter, be sure snow and ice is removed from steps and walkways.
3. Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look, when you can show them by redecorating? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. An investment in neutral kitchen wallpaper will pay dividends.
4. Let the sun shine in. Open draperies and curtains let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be. (Dark rooms do not appeal).
5. Do the windows and window screens work well and look good? Make sure to have the windows sparkling.
6. Are the appliances operating properly and gleaming?
7. Fix the faucet! Dripping water discolors sinks and suggest faulty plumbing.
8. Repairs will make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from the homes value. Have them fixed.
9. From top to bottom. Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility area and open the space by removing all unnecessary articles. Brighten dark, dull basements by painting walls and adding brighter bulbs.
10. Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.
11. Pack excess linens and clothing to make closets look bigger. Neat, well-ordered closets show the space is ample.
12. Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair grout in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle. Don’t let the handyman add gobs of caulk when grout is what you need.
13. Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and fresh looking window coverings.
14. Remove all personal items and photo; take down all hanging family pictures and touch up the walls. Use mirrors throughout the house whenever possible so your buyers can see themselves living in the home.
15. Have I removed or mentioned to my Realtor any attached items that are not included, such as special chandeliers, shelving or garden plants?
16. Gather all warranties & guarantees on the furnace, appliances & other items that remain.
17. Am I familiar with similar homes on the market that I may be competing against?
18. Have I asked my Realtor for a list of ways I can improve the “marketability” of my home without wasting time and money?