Preparing Your Home to Sell

Posted by on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:22am.    1121 Views

Tidy and Clean Sells Faster for More!

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So, you have decided to place your home on the market and are hoping to achieve the maximum price in the shortest amount of time. You are not alone; this is a common theme among home sellers.

There are several things that a homeowner can do to enhance the appeal of their home without having to spend a small fortune.  Most of the tips and information are simply common sense, but perhaps you might learn something new here.

The included photos are obviously what you do NOT want your home to look like.

Keep the lawn mowed and neatly trimmed in the growing season. Beautiful and colorful flowers inside and out will enhance the beauty of your home.

Rake the leaves in the fall and dispose of them properly.

Keep the sidewalks free of snow and debris in the winter months.

Clean out your gutters. There’s nothing less appealing when approaching a home for sale that has several small trees growing in the gutters along the roofline.

Paint your front entry door and/or porch. A freshly painted entry is one of the first things a buyer will notice before entering the home.

Examine your home, inside and out. Notice any peeling paint or rotted wood? Take care of this before putting your home on the market.

Do not overpower the potential buyer with heavy scents from candles or other contraptions. Lightly scented candles are okay, but the heavy scents make a buyer wonder what the seller is trying to cover up. Some buyers are allergic to heavy perfumes and they might need to vacate the home faster than you would have liked them to do.

Clean and shampoo your carpets and rugs. A buyer doesn’t want to witness the stains and odors left behind from pets and children.

selling a home, preparing to sellDe-clutter! A cluttered home will show poorly every time and will also give a false impression the home is smaller than it actually is. Donate unused items to Goodwill or someone similar. Everybody can use some extra tax write offs while helping others in need.  Keep your home neat, clean and tidy at all times. You never know when someone might be driving through your neighborhood and call their agent for an urgent showing.

Keep your kitchen counter-tops free of any unnecessary items including; blenders, coffee makers, toasters, dishes, etc. The more exposed counter-space, the better it is. Keep your bathroom spotless at all times. I don’t need to explain. 

If you smoke, do it outside! There’s hardly anything worse than a non-smoker entering their dream home that is laden with heavy nicotine odors and stains. This can actually affect the resale value of your home! (I’ve had many people walk out of a home showing all because of the smoke odors and discolorations).

Organize your closets, basement and garage. If you have a lot of “stuff” either stack it very neatly or send it to a storage unit. If I can be of any assistance with your home selling and/or buying needs, please let me know. I’ll be glad to help anyway that I can!

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