Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Getting your home ready to sell?    Having a new roof, safe electric wiring, good plumbing, and a properly working central air system, sometimes sellers spend too much money on the insignificant things that really will not gain you a good return for the investment.

Here are a few common mistakes people make that you should try to avoid:

Keep in mind that spending $1000 on remodeling will not add $1000 to your sale.  Try to spend as little money as possible, and spend it wisely on cosmetic, readily seen features like interior painting.

Keep in mind that the time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.

If you think about everything that needs to be done to sell your house, you might feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. . Just take a breath and just focus on one small task at a time. Break it down into manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results.

First things first – have a garage sale. Whatever doesn’t sell needs to be set out for your favorite local charity pickup. Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.

This is your first impression, so it had better be a good one.

Create an inviting "Curb Appeal": 

Make sure the lawn is green and clean.  Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn regularly. Make sure it’s well watered and reseed any sparse areas.  

Trim any hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.                                                                           

Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house or blocks windows or hinders any lovely views from inside.  

Add some brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements for the front entrance or yard.

Consider adding a bright coat of paint on your mailbox if it is on the street.

Buy a new welcome mat.

Check the foundation, steps, driveways, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling, and repair if possible.

lIf you have siding or brick, power-wash it. If you have a painted exterior, consider repainting in a neutral shade. This is especially important if there is any peeling.(trust me on this one!)

Make sure all exterior lights work for nighttime showings and safety.

Clean and align gutters and downspouts.

Inspect and clean the chimney.

Ensure the doorbell works.

Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.

l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.

Maintain all of the entrances to be clean free from any debris or items that will block walking in.

Repair any broken steps.

Add some brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements for the front entrance or yard.

Keep your garage door closed always, and make sure openers are working and that you have them available to leave the buyers..

Give a clean clear view by washing the windows inside and out.

Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) elsewhere while the house is on the market.

A freshly painted front door with a nice pop of color helps invite people in..

The Nose Knows:

If prospective buyers walk into your house greeted by the smell of cat litter, cigarette smoke, mildew or pet accidents, there is little chance that even a reduced sales price will persuade them to buy. 

Clean daily. This includes walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job once a week.

Get rid of clutter. Put away appliances you normally leave on countertops. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic.

Paint the walls and ceilings a neutral color – off white or beige.

Repair interior cracks, holes or damaged plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork.

Repair dripping faucets and showerheads and Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs

Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it or layer some nice candles.

Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

Check to see that all windows will open and close.

Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use a brighter light bulb and  Make sure every light switch works. Have your home well-lit during showings.

Secure any creaking boards or stair treads (drive two long finishing nails at opposing angles through the floor and sub-floor into the joist).

Lubricate any squeaking doors

Remember, Less is More: Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.

Thoroughly clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.

On Showing Days

Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.

Add some warm touches such as placing some fresh flowers throughout the house..

l Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.

Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.

Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.

Create a pleasant environment - consider having some pleasant music at low volume in the background.

Spend the day of an open house away from home and leave all pets outdoors or take them with you. 

Just think of selling your home as if people are coming to "court" the property to see if it is a good fit for life.  When you go out on "date" to see if you want to commit to a partner, you always put your best out there, so do the same with your home. :Let people see the best side of the home so they will want to make it a part of their life forever and they will choose to "partner" with it and make an offer.