20 Tips For Preparing Your House For Sale
Selling your home can be a difficult process if you are unaware of all of the steps that need to be taken. When I list a home, I always walk through the house with my clients and go over what needs to be done to get ready for a fast and easy sell.
Here are the tips that I give my own clients . If you take my advice, you will be ahead of most sellers (your competition) already on the market in the way your home shows.
First Impressions are Lasting Ones
An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior:
1. Keep the lawn trimmed.
2. Fix up the flower beds.
3. Make sure the yard is clear of debris.
4. Park cars in the garage and put the doors down.
5. Check gutters and/or roof for dry rot.
6. Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues, toys, etc.
7. Check paint condition of the house- especially front door and trim.
Now For The Inside…
8. Decorate your home: This is a sure step towards a sale. Faded walls and woodwork reduce the desire of the purchaser. A nice coat of paint and touching up woodwork will result in a quicker sale at a higher price.
9. Clear all unnecessary objects on the floor throughout the house.
10. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.
11. Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it has not been used for three months put it away.
12. Clear refrigerator fronts free of messages, pictures, etc. A sparse kitchen helps the buyers mentally move their own things into the kitchen
13. Bathrooms- remove any unnecessary items from the countertops, tubs, shower stalls and toilet tops. Keep only your most needed cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc. in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels to one or two colors only.
14. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our personal enjoyment, but when it comes to selling, we need to thin out as much as possible to make the rooms seem larger.
15. Fix That Faucet: Dripping water discolors surfaces and calls attention to faulty plumbing.
16. A Day With The Carpenter: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers, warped cabinet doors, etc. are noticed by a buyer. It is a good idea to have them repaired.
17. Closet Illusions: Clothes properly hung: shoes, hats, and other articles neatly placed will make your closet appear adequate. Less is more and will make the closet look bigger.
18. Dear To The Heart:Is the kitchen. Colorful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops add appeal for the buyer. That said, please make sure all curtains and shades are open.
19. Can You See The Light? Illumination is the “Welcome Sign” for after dark showings; turn on the lights throughout the house day or night. A buyer will feel a “glowing warmth” otherwise impossible to attain.
20. Soft Music: Leave the stereo/TV on for showings.
In General: Try to look at your home through the buyers eyes as though you’ve never seen it or been there before. Any time or money spent on necessary items will bring you back more money, and hopefully a faster sale.