Get Your Home Ready To Sell
Thinking about selling this season? Allow me to walk with you through your house to identify "sale killers" . These are judgmental things that buyers will see, hear, or smell, that will cause them to reject your house from their list of possibilities....
Trust me these are the critical things to do BEFORE the house comes for sale!
Storage unit for the extra clutter we all live with. It's not attractive to prospective buyers.
Repaint walls that are not "neutral". Lime green, peach, maroon...it'll cost you way more than the cost of a can of paint and a good painter (or yourself?) to return it to "House for Sale" condition.
Any odors? Cats, dogs, cooking odors? Be honest, it'll cost you a lot of money if you don't eliminate the odors.
l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.
l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.
l Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
l Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.
l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
l Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
l Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
l Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.
l Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs. This is not the time for "energy efficient it's about BRIGHT lights.
l Make sure every light switch works, same with outlets.
l Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.
l Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven). ALSO Ceiling fan blades, a huge DUST gatherer!
l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
l Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
l Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
l Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
l Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters. No cooking or eating fish during selling season...the scent lingers....
l Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.
l Play pleasant music at low volume.