Tips for Sellers!
Sometimes sellers put their home on the market, but don't know that there are a few things that they can do to help sale their property. To prepare your home for sale, view it from the "eyes of a buyer." If you were to walk into your home, is there anything that might turn you away? Clutter? Spider webs in the corners? Dirty windows? Any time and money spent on cleaning, repairs, and removing clutter will maximize the home's appearance!
Here are some ideas to improve CURB APPEAL:
- Repaint the front door and trim. If needed, repaint the rest of the house.
- Move all garbage cans, extra building materials, gardening supplies, etc. into the garage or shed.
- Check gutters and your roof for dry rot and leaks.
- Prune bushes and trees. Remove and dead shrubs and trees.
- Weed and maintain all planted areas.
- Sweep all walkways and steps.
- Clean the swimming pool, jacuzzi, or hot tub.
- Use driveway cleaner to remove oil stains from the driveway or garage floor.
- Clean or replace worn or badly stained door mats.
- Replace any outdoor lighting that isn't working.
More Effective Showings:
- Open the front door. If it squeaks, groans, or drags... Fix it!
- Review every room in your house. If needed, paint walls, clean windows, shampoo carpets.
- Take down or rearrange certain pictures or objects on the walls. A gallery wall of family photos or large collections frequently distract buyers and cause them to focus away from the home.
- Clear all unnecessary items from the kitchen counter tops.
- Remove messages from the refrigerator.
- Clean your kitchen appliances.
- Remove all extra items from tubs, shower stalls, commode tops, and counter tops in the bathrooms.
- Keep toilet lids down.
- Fix leaking plumbing.
- Organize your closets and cupboards.
- Clean and tidy up the attic and basement.
- Sweep the garage and keep it tidy.
- Make sure all lights work properly throughout the home.
These are just a few things that you can do to make your home show better. Just remember, if you have to ask yourself, "I wonder if a buyer will mind this," then they probably will!