Setting The Stage to SELL Your HOME!
Sellers today need to do all they can to make sure their house outshines all the competition. You shouldn’t put your home on the market without preparing it for sale. Some outlay of money might be necessary for painting, replacing or repairing worn woodwork or cabinet doors or broken fixtures. There are, however, many improvements and “fix ups” that cost nothing or next to nothing – except a little time and elbow grease. These tips can make all the difference in getting your home sold for the best price possible.
Here are suggestions for getting your home ready to do battle in today’s real estate market!
* Start Outside – For best overall impression of your home’s exterior, cross the street, and take a look! Make sure walkways are swept, the paint is fresh, windows sparkle, and all tools and toys are put away. Keep garden beds weeded and mulched. Fill potholes in your driveway. Clean paths of any hazards (yes, that includes the hose that has been sitting out there since last summer), and repair masonry. Trim back overgrown shrubs and remove dead plants where needed. Plant or hang flower baskets to add color. Remember: fresh flowers inside and out say “Welcome” ! If you have a deck or patio, make sure any outdoor furniture is clean and presentable. If you don’t have any outdoor furniture, think of investing in some! Straighten the gutters, the mailbox, the fence, and others things that sag. Fix doorbells, tighten loose doorknobs (outside and in), and oil any squeaking hinges.
* Less is More – Fewer furnishings, clear countertops and the absence of clutter make a home appear more spacious. Pack up and store excess items. Unless you’re a skilled artist (or your child is), remove artwork (and photos) from the refrigerator. I have one word for you: DECLUTTER (everything, everywhere) !!!!
* Shining Example – Make sure your home sparkles and is spic and span. All appliances should be shiny – carpeting should be free of stains. Clean that oven, too, as buyers do peek in. Some house hunters will even look inside your fridge, so don’t forget that when you’re scrubbing! Let your kitchen look warm and inviting, not hectic and crowded. Remove small appliances from the counters, and never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
* Keep it Light – Remove or replace heavy window treatments to allow in as much natural light as possible. At the very least, OPEN ALL shades and drapes. Leave lights on in dark areas such as hallways, and remember to replace any burnt-out light bulbs.
* Color Makes a Difference – Neutrals are the best choice for new paint or carpeting. This choice will allow the buyer to more easily imagine their furniture fitting in.
* Fix It – It doesn’t take much to replace a broken toilet seat or tighten a loose knob. Walk around the house and make note of all the little repairs that you haven’t noticed – the buyers WILL notice them.
* Take a Sniff – “If they smell it, it’s hard to sell it” say some experts. Do your best to eliminate and avoid home odors of all kinds, including those from cooking, smoking and pets. If you use scented candles, remember, don’t leave them burning unattended.
* Spiff up Bathrooms – Remove items like blow dryers and cosmetics from vanity tops. Consider buying new towels, new shower curtain or area rug to give a fresh, “new” look. Make sure grout sparkles – regrout or caulk where necessary.
* Kitchen – Once again, remove clutter from countertops. Limit refrigerator magnets to a chosen few and empty full garbage cans (another source of odors). Organize those cookbook shelves, too!
* Bedrooms – Make them a welcome retreat. Consider a new comforter or some colorful and attractive throw pillows (they work great on a sofa, too, for a newer look). Organize your closets – buyers definitely check them out, too.
* Make Room “Sense” – If you have been using room for other than its intended use, (i.e. – the dining room is serving as an office area), consider restoring it. Buyers may be distracted by your “unique” arrangement. Feature , with lighting or furniture arrangement, a room’s best feature – a fireplace, a picture window, ceiling beams , a kitchen dining area, etc.
OK – have you done all of the above?? Good for you – you have set the stage for success — your home is ready to sell………….here come the buyers!