How to Prepare Your Home to Sell
Have you been considering selling your home in the near future?
If you have, then it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a good long
look at your home, using an unbiased eye. After all, a clean, appealing,
well maintained home has much better odds of selling, selling for
more, and selling faster.
When looking at your house, the thing you need to keep repeating
to yourself is that "first impressions are lasting impressions."
This couldn't be truer when it comes to selling real estate.
Here are some fast, simple fix-ups that will help you to sell
your home for the highest possible price, at the lowest possible
It begins with the exterior! Never forget the value of “curb
Your yard, and the exterior of your house, is the first impression
that potential buyers have of your home.
Yard. Keep your lawn neat and well trimmed, with well-proportioned
shrubs. Consider replanting flowers or creating a flowerbed to enhance
the appearance of your yard. If it is the fall, make sure the lawn
is raked at all times. And in the wintertime, clear snow from your
driveway and walkways.
Front Door. The Front door should be neat and clean. Paint
it if it needs it. If the door is in poor shape, consider replacing
it. Finally, a holiday ornament on the door, like a wreath, adds
a nice touch. Consider adding an inviting "welcome mat".
Home Exterior. Check for flat-fitting roof shingles, straight
lines on gutters, shutters, windows, and siding; solid caulking
around roofs and seams. Apply fresh paint where it needs it. Also,
make sure the windows are crystal clear; potential buyers often
peer through the windows.
Lights. Whenever you have potential buyers in the home,
make sure ALL of the lights are on. This makes rooms look more inviting
and spacious. Also, make sure curtains are always up to let as much
sunlight in as possible.
Smell. I recommend using an air freshener, this gives your
home that "new model home" aroma.
The Living Room. Strive for lived-in, cozy feeling. Discard
worn, chipped, frayed furniture. Add lamps if it is dark. Open curtains.
Set out fresh flowers.
The Kitchen. Many buyers judge the housekeeping by the oven
and stove. Appliances should be spotless and everything working
perfectly. Replace or repair anything that sticks, squeaks or drips.
Clear clutter from countertops.
The Master Bedroom. This is the second-most appealing room
to a buyer (after the kitchen). Remove excess furniture to make
it appear larger. Show the true size of the closets by removing
or packing items that can be stored elsewhere.
Bathrooms. Make sure bathrooms are always neat and clean.
Remove clutter from sink countertops. Make sure showers are free
of scum and tile grout in good shape. Most buyers pay close attention
Basement. If possible, make the basement look like a "living
area." Clear out as much clutter as possible (consider moving
it into storage). If you have an extra sofa or loveseat and coffee
table, consider creating a living area.
When it comes down to it, go through each of your five senses
– sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste (well…maybe
decorating taste, not the taste in your mouth) – and make
sure that your home appeals to each.
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