for a Faster Sale!!
START HERE: Get a pad of paper and
begin outside your home. Go across the street and walk towards your home
as though you were a buyer....you'll be surprised at what you see. Then go
into your home and make notes in every room. List every item that keeps
your home from being a '10'! We all "live with" things in our homes, now
is the time to STOP living with them and make some changes!
- Reduce clutter.
- If you have too much
furniture in your home, put some pieces in storage. Arrange the furniture to
make the room look larger.
- Clean! Not only should your
home be spotless, it must be CLEAN. Apply elbow grease & strong cleansers to
surfaces inside and outside your home.
- Windows must be spotless.
Repair cracked panes, torn screens, broken sashes and ropes or cords. Open
your curtains whenever there's a showing.
- Make minor repairs.
Tighten loose knobs, fix leaky faucets and discolored sinks, lubricate squeaky
hinges, clean out clogged drains, replace filters, tighten loose banisters.
- Make sure all light fixtures
work properly. Install new bulbs with the highest wattage allowed in
each fixture to make your home look brighter. This is not the time to worry
about a few extra cents on the utility bill. Keep all the lights on, making
the home look bright and sunny even at night.
- Appeal to the senses. If you
have pets or someone in the home who smokes, you might be completely unaware
of an odor. Ask someone you trust (like your Realtor) for their honest
opinion. A little vanilla on a cold light bulb or well placed potpourri or a
scented candle helps. A little soft music can create warm feelings when
visiting a home.
- Dress up the front entrance.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. A coat of
paint on the door and a nice shine on the doorknob & doorknocker helps.
- Spruce up the landscaping; trim
the bushes and make all walkways easy to walk. No one wants to fight the
jungle to see a home!
- Paint. Light, neutral colors
such as beige, white, and off-white can make small rooms seem larger.
Older wallpaper should be removed and the walls painted. Fill all nail
holes and repair other damage before painting.
- Repair roof leaks, then paint
over any water marks. DO NOT paint to conceal a problem, always repair
before you paint.
- Repair a wet basement if
possible. The problem can be as easy to fix as a new window well cover or
extending the downspouts on your gutters. If you are unable to repair the
problem, be prepared to explain the problem to a buyer. Don't try to
cover up signs of a wet basement.
- Exterminate if necessary.
One bug, dead or alive, makes a bad first impression.
- Clear off counter areas in
kitchen & baths. Don't let a buyer's eye get distracted by your
'things'. Store seldom used small appliances and large baking pans
somewhere out of sight.
- Consider updating the bathroom.
Repainting a bathtub or replacing a toilet or cabinet can make something old
into a selling feature. Make sure your shower curtain is fresh and clean.
- If you have a deck, patio,
porch or other outdoor entertainment area (pool or hot tub), show them well.
Make sure they sparkle and are debris-free. A fresh coat of stain or power
washing can make a tremendous difference.
- Install outdoor lighting that
properly illuminates your entrances, walkways and driveway. Turn on all
outdoor lights when your home is being shown in the evening.
- Give shutters a fresh coat of
- Buy a new doormat.
- Pick up tools and toys from the
yard. Store garbage out of sight. Make sure the garage is swept.
- Paint your mailbox.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
Straighten and paint if needed.
- Depending on the season, power
wash the house, walkway and drive.
- Repair cracks and pull weeds
from walkways and drive.
- Carpeting has a major impact on
the look of your home. If yours is badly worn, outdated or stained,
consider replacing it.
- Hardwood floors add beauty and
value to a home and deserve special attention.
- Ask a friend to care for your
pets or take them to a kennel when your home is being shown. Park your
camper, boat or extra car at another location.
- Buy or cut fresh flowers for a
dramatic arrangement in any room.
- Take a Picture! If you
have photos of your home in all of the seasons, bring them out and let the
buyers see them.
- Edge between your lawn, drive &
- Remove dead leaves, limbs, and
other debris from the lawn.
- Trim trees and hedges.
- Put fresh mulch around trees,
shrubs & hedges.
- Put away all lawn equipment.
- Make sure the exterior paint
and siding are in good condition, and the roof is in good repair.
- Weed and cultivate flower
- Repair fences and gates, and
give them a fresh coat of paint if needed.
- Mow your lawn! For a more
lush appearance, be sure to water, mow and fertilize regularly. Remove
dandelions and weeds. A good rule of thumb for mowing is to never cut off more
than one-third of the blade at one time. For example, if the recommended
height is 2 inches, mow when your grass is 3 inches. In the winter, make sure
all walks and drives are shoveled and clear of snow & ice.
- If you are an absentee seller,
make arrangements for lawn care and snow removal.
- Clean all curtains and
draperies. Shampoo rugs & wax floors.
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