Prepare Your Home to Sell
Spring is here…hopefully. Now is a terrific time to sell your home. The flowers are blooming, the grass is green and the temperature is just about perfect. But before you call a Realtor to place a “For Sale” sign in your yard, get your home in tip top shape. The better your home looks, the more profit you can make on the sale. Here is a guide to help you prepare your home for sale.
Make Needed Repairs
Leaky faucets, slow drains, doors not shutting, air handler making funny noises… these are all things that owners can sometimes live with, but home buyers won’t want to hassle to fix. Walk through every room of your home, checking doors, windows and other permanent fixtures to insure they’re working properly. Walk the exterior of your home checking spigots, decks, lighting and other outdoor fixtures to make sure they are working properly.
Clear the Clutter
Personal items make your house a home, but for home buyers, it can make your home appear small and messy, and make it difficult for them to see themselves living there. To clean up the clutter, store excess furniture, pack up books and knickknacks, clear off shelves, remove personal photos off walls and cleaning out closets. Do the same outside, picking up toys, garden tools and extra patio furniture.
Nothing turns buyers away faster than icky grout and stains. Spring clean to the max by scrubbing your home top to bottom including baseboards, doors and door frames, and windows (including the sills). Rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional cleaner to clean your carpets. Deep clean other floor surfaces including vinyl, wood, laminate and tile including areas under appliances. Wash your cupboard doors, frames and the shelves inside, as well as your appliances, including the top of the refrigerator.
Clean the exterior of your home as well. Power wash your siding, sweep and treat your deck and/or porch. Get rid of weeds growing in the lawn, driveway and walkways.
Even after a good cleaning, homes can still look tired. Consider painting rooms a clean, neutral color to brighten them. Paint baseboards and door frames to make the home look cleaner and fresher as well. Choose window accessories that let in natural light. Wash or buy new linens and towels for the beds and bathrooms. During showings, have fresh flowers that add color and a pretty scent.
Plant pretty flowers and plants outside to increase curb appeal. A little bit of landscaping, can go a long way to setting a positive tone of a buyer’s tour of your home.
Selling your home is all about making the buyer feel they can move right in and make it their own. While buyers can paint and clean, many don’t want to bother with the hassle. Further, when buyers see work they need to do, they automatically think about offering less to buy the home. You can maximize your sales and appeal to buyers fixing, decluttering, cleaning and freshening your home.
If you need ideas on how to put your home at it’s profitable best, let us know. We can assess your home’s profit potential and give you tips on making the most of your home.