PREPARE YOUR HOME TO SELL
In TODAY'S market, you are competing with many other homes-some selling far below fair market value.
Marketing your home is a team effort- and you are an important part of the team. Studies show that a well-staged home sells for more money and in less time. You must see your home through the eyes of a prospective buyer. These suggestions help set the stage for a faster sale at the highest price; they are the very things that influence a buyer’s first impression.
- Keep countertops uncluttered and kitchen accessories in order. Clean all surface units (ovens, stoves, etc.).
- Keep all flooring (hardwoods, carpet, tile, etc.) freshly cleaned and vacuumed.
- Bathrooms are critical in the overall appearance of your home. If grout between the tiles has cracked or is discolored, re-caulk those areas.
- Replace furnace filters and remove dust from heater registers or vent covers.
- If doors stick or folding doors are off track, repair them.
- Storage is important to prospective e homeowners. Cluttered closets and other storage areas accentuate a storage problem, especially in homes without basements. Store all items except those needed (off site if necessary) before you move.
- If a room is dark during daylight hours, open the curtains, keep a lamp on or remove Curtains altogether. A bright room is pleasing and gives an air of spaciousness. Make sure all windows gleam.
- If interior painting is necessary, use neutral colors.
- Replace burned-out bulbs.
- Tighten door knobs, window fittings and other hardware. Don’t attempt to hide a problem. Repair cracks in walls or concrete, broken appliances, roof leaks or wet basements.
- Keep steps clear of hazards.
- Use attractive bedding.
- Keep pets out of the way during showings.
- Pack personal collections and photos; allow prospective buyers to take emotional possession of a home.
- Secure all valuables (jewelry, checkbooks, etc.).
- Your front door makes a vital first impression. Keep it clean. Paint if necessary.
- Clean gutters.
- Repair / replace torn screens, or remove and store the screens.
- Hose or pressure wash exterior.
- Repair (rather than just paint) gutters or exterior wood that shows cracking, peeling or chipping.
- Make sure lawn furniture and grill are in good condition.
Lawn & Grounds
- Keep the lawn mowed and trimmed.
- Trim and shape the shrubs. Edge along sidewalks and driveways.
- Remove toys, bicycles, garbage cans from lawn.
- Reseed or sod bare areas.
- Keep driveway and walkways free from pine straw, limbs, oil stains, etc.
- Put a fresh layer of pine straw or mulch on all islands.
- Keep surface water drainage areas and natural streams free from debris that may cause water to stand or stagnate.