Get Your Home Ready To Sell
Is it time to put your home on the market? One mistake that many people make upfront is to spend a lot of money on repairs and remodeling. Prospective buyers may be impressed with these upgrades, but spending $10,000 on remodeling will not automatically add $10,000 to your sale. Think about putting your money towards cosmetic features like painting– that will make your home attractive to buyers.
If you consider everything that you need to do in order to sell your home, you may feel some anxiety. Take one step at a time, one small task at a time. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results.
First, clear the clutter by organizing and hosting a garage sale. What you don't sell, you can donate to your favorite charity. Once the excess is removed, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.
This is your home's first impression, so make it the best one possible.
• Mow you lawn regularly. Make sure it’s well watered and reseed if needed.
• Check your foundation, steps, walls and patios for cracks, and reseal if needed.
• Clean and align gutters and downspouts.
• Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
• Clean the chimney.
• Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
• Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.
• Keep the walks and driveway swept and clean.
• Spring for some brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements for the front yard near the entrance.
• Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) elsewhere while the house is on the market.
• Clean, clean, clean. This includes walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. Consider hiring a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
• Put away appliances you normally leave on counter tops. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter.
• Paint the walls and ceilings a neutral color – off white or beige.
• Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
• Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.
• Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
• Make sure all you light switches work.
Showing the Home
• Keep the draperies and shades open to let in the light.
• Have fresh flowers throughout the house.
• Put nice towels in the bathrooms.
• Keep toys in the children’s rooms and make sure the bikes and skateboards are in the garage.
• Allow real estate agents to show your house, and try not to be home during showings.