Home Selling Tips

  

                          Tips & Tricks to prepare your home for sale

To prepare your home for sale

1. Start with your lawn.

  • Is the lawn trimmed and edged?
  • Are the flower beds clear of leaves, weeds and grass?
  • Do the flower beds have adequate flowers, bark or mulching?
  • Are all outdoor fixtures in good condition: gas grill, outdoor lights, mailbox, fencing, basketball hoops, etc.?
  • Are there any bare spots in the lawn, big holes, ruts, or weeds that can be repaired?
  • Does the lawn have a manicured look?
  • If it is winter, be sure and remove the snow and ice from the sidewalks and steps.

2. Then look at your front door area

  • Is the front door clean?
  • Does the doorbell work?
  • Is the storm door in good condition?
  • Is the front step or porch in good condition?

3. How does the interior look?

  • Are the walls clean or do they look like they need a fresh coat of paint?
  • Consider removing any wallpaper that is not neutral and limits decorating potential.
  • Are there any nail holes in the walls?
  • Should the ceiling be textured to cover any flaws?
  • Are the switch plates clean?

4. Are the windows clean?

  • Open your drapes and blinds before showings for lots of natural light.
  • Make sure your window coverings are clean.

5. Your kitchen must be clean to get top dollar...

  • Make sure the interior of the oven, the stove top and the dishwasher are stain free.
  • Clear the cabinets of extra items and make sure the interiors and exteriors are clean.
  • Countertops should be clean and free of clutter
  • Baking soda is good for removing stains from the countertops.

6. The bathrooms are very important...

  • The shower doors, ceramic tile and grouting should be clean and free of soap film.
  • The fixtures should be polished and free of water marks.
  • The toilet seat should be in good condition. If not, replace it.
  • Make sure the exhaust fan is working property.

7. Make all of your rooms appear large...

  • Remove excess furniture from a room that appears cramped.
  • Pick up newspapers, toys, and other articles prior to showings.
  • Make sure the stairway is clear.

8. Your closets should look roomy...

  • The closets should be neat and organized.
  • Wall surfaces should be clean. Do they need paint?
  • The shelving and hardware should be in good repair.
  • Closet doors should operate smoothly and quietly.

9. All around the house...

  • Check the basement, garage and other areas for excess items.
  • Eliminate damp smell in the basement or crawl space. A bag of limestone should help.
  • Brighten dark walls with a coat of paint.
  • Make sure all of the light bulbs work.
  • Window areas should be clean and the windows should operate properly.
  • Floor coverings should be clean and look new to get top dollar. If your carpets are old, consider replacing them.
  • Steps and handrails should be in good repair.
  • If you have a sump pump, the pit should be clean and the pump should be in good condition.

10. How about the major appliances...

  • The furnace filter should be clean.
  • The exterior of the water heater, furnace and water softener should be clean.
  • All kitchen appliances should work properly.
  • Does the garage door opener work properly? Is it quiet?

11. Minor flaws suggest that the property has been neglected to the prospect...

  • Make sure the screen doors close tightly.
  • If you have a storage shed, is it in good repair?
  • Is the driveway in good condition?
  • How about the gutters and downspouts? Are they in good shape?
  • Has the roof reached the end of it's useful life?
  • Are hardwood and vinyl floors in good shape.

12. Invite us to your home and we will give you a fair opinion of your homes market potential.


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