When preparing your home for sale there are a few things you should keep in mind. Preparing your home for sale is even important in a strong sellers market. This is because the time you spend preparing can mean more money in your pocket and possibly more offers to choose from. Attractive houses appeal to the greatest number of buyers. In turn these buyers that are excited to buy your home and pay top dollar for it. Follow along with our checklist below to ensure that you don’t miss any of these easily overlooked steps.
✔ First Impression Is So Important
Curb appeal is vital for pictures and showings. Your lawn should be trimmed, sidewalks swept, front door clean and door bell working. You never get a second chance to make a first impression on a potential buyer for your home.
✔ Painting For A Better Sale
The difference between old paint and new paint is an easy one to see almost immediately. Therefore, you should make sure to freshen up paint. Especially in rooms that may have been neglected. Neutral tones are the most desirable by the largest number of buyers. Try to avoid dark and overwhelming colors as they have the potential to be objectionable. A minor investment in paint will pay dividends in the form of a better price and quicker sale
✔ Preparing Your Home For Sale: Here Comes the Sun!
Bright houses sell. Prior to showings and photos make your house as bright as possible. To do so open the curtains and clean the windows so a prospect can see how bright and cheerful your house is. This is because dark and dreary rooms are not appealing to homebuyers. We photograph homes to show both the interior and exterior so clean windows are paramount.
✔ Don’t Be A Drip
Fix leaky faucets. Both on the interior and exterior of your home. Dripping water suggests faulty plumbing and major repair bills. Discolored, rust-stained sinks are also warning signs. Your sinks, tubs and fixtures should be clean and sparkling.
✔ Little Things Mean A Lot
Prospective buyers will not only walk through your home. They will also open cabinets, closets and drawers. They want to know that your home will work for their things. For this reason loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers, wobbly hinges, and stuck windows are negative factors. Check and repair all these minor flaws prior to listing your home for sale.
✔ Preparing Your Home For Sale: Safety First
Keep stairways and corridors absolutely clear. Not only does excess stuff make your home appear smaller. Clutter is also unattractive and can cause accidents.
✔ Bathrooms Sell Homes
Buyers love bathrooms. For this reason it is important to make bathrooms sparkle. Clean sinks and toilets and repair any damaged or discolored caulking. Doing so will help your home have a universal appeal. It will also help your property appear move in ready. This is paramount as most buyers aren’t looking for projects the minute they move in. A little elbow grease could net you thousands.
✔ Preparing Your Home For Sale: From Top To Bottom
Potential buyers do not want to see the way you live in the home. They want to be able to see themselves living there. We all have extra stuff but don’t just tuck it away in closets or the basement. Let the prospects see the full value of your basement, attic, garage and closets by removing junk and cartons. You may need to rent a short term storage space, but this small investment will pay off.
Ready to sell. Let us help point out the things you may be overlooking. Contact us and we would be happy to walk you through everything you need to do in order to get your home ready for sale.