Home Sellers Tip #4

Preparing Your Home For Sale – Step 1, 2, 3

A home that shows well can make the difference between an okay offer and a great offer. You can enhance the selling features of your home and make a great first impression if you keep a few simple but necessary elements in mind.

Step 1. The EXTERIOR

The condition of your home’s exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal.

  • House number should be easy to read
  • Lights on timers to ensure house is lit up after sunset
  • Eaves troughs, and down spouts in good repair
  • Garage/car port clean and tidy
  • Litter picked up
  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced
  • Doorbell and door hardware in good repair
  • Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.
  • Mow, edge and weed the lawn frequently until the home is sold.
  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.
  • A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.
  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.
  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.
  • Fences should be mended and painted.
  • Wash all windows inside and outside.

Step 2. The INTERIOR

Cleanliness is critical. The most important areas to keep spotless are the front entranceway and hallway, kitchen and bathrooms, including the nooks and crannies。

  • Lights should be on and drapes should be left open during daylight
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather and air conditioner turned on in warm weather to keep a comfortable temperature
  • Mirrors, fixtures, taps and kitchen appliances cleaned and polished
  • Fresh flowers / plants in various rooms
  • Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy
  • Kill the clutters: Get rid of extra items from countertops, cabinets and other storage areas- they only create the impression of less space and a smaller room. Consider donating old furniture or electronics to create more space.
  • Chipped plaster and paint touched up and repaired; avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat
  • Doors and cupboards properly closed; squeaky doors oiled;
  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired; burned out light bulbs replaced; all torn screens should be repaired or replaced.
  • Seals around tubs, basins and shower-stalls in good repair
  • Floors and carpet cleaned, garbage containers emptied
  • Valuable property, out of reach, out of sight, or locked away
  • Pets absent, where possible, or contained during showings

Step 3. The Extra Mile

When you’ve got the basics covered, you can always go that extra mile to make a great impression. Try these ideas: Small changes, like new pillows, rugs, towels, candles and flowers make a home feel new and fresh. Soft music playing in the background can often put buyers in a good mood. Create pleasing smells – fresh baked bread, cinnamon buns or flowers are good bets.

Remember that every new buyer is seeing your home for the first time. If you take a few extra minutes to tidy up in the morning, or before a buyer arrives, it will make all the difference.