Getting your home ready to sell
Home Preparation for a Faster Sale
- First impressions are lasting. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged and the yard free of refuse. Plant flowers and rake leaves. Clear the roof and gutters of leaves and debris.
- Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Rather show the potential Buyer how good your home looks with a little interior decorating. For vacant houses, staging companies can be hired to transform the home.
- Let the sun shine in. Open the draperies and curtains to show how cheerful your home can be.
- Fix the faucet! Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.
- Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from the home value. Have them fixed.
- From top to bottom. Display the full value of your attic, basement, and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles. Brighten dark basements by painting walls.
- Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid cluttered appearance and possible injuries.
- Make closets look bigger. Neat, well ordered closets show that space is ample.
- Bathrooms help sell homes. Repair all caulking in showers and bathtubs. Give the bathroom a good clean and make this room sparkle.
- Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and curtains.
- Can you see the light? Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a glowing warmth when you turn on your lights.
- Music is mellow. Turn off the television and have only soft music on the radio or stereo.
- Pets underfoot? Keep them out of the way, preferably out of the house.
- In the background. The real estate broker knows the buyers requirements and can better emphasize the features of your home when you don't tag along.
- Don't oversell. You house will sell itself if it's what the buyer is looking for.