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FOR SELLERS
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 cost.

The Exterior

It begins with the exterior! Never forget the value of “curb appeal”!

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.

The Interior

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 to this!

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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KARIN VONDERAU

Howard Hanna

2055 Crocker Road, Suite 101 ~ Westlake, OH  44145
440-871-3050  ~  vonderau@vonderau.com

 



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