We’ve included a preliminary guide of what to consider when you are preparing to sell your home. This is in no way a comprehensive list, but it will get you started.
An appealing exterior is essential to bringing prospective buyers to your doorstep. Some keys to improving your home’s curb appeal are:
- Keeping the lawn trimmed and fertilized.
- Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
- Keeping trees and shrubs trimmed.
- Weed flower beds.
- Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.
- Remove all oil stains from driveway.
- Clean, align and straighten drooping gutters.
- Replace worn or warped shingles.
- Buyers doing a drive by will try their best to see your back yard. If it’s visible from another street or from someone’s driveway, include it in your curb appeal efforts.
- String low voltage lighting along your driveway, sidewalks, and near important landscaping elements.
- Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.
Start with a comprehensive spring cleaning. Sort out and remove items no longer needed.
- Thoroughly vacuum all floors, especially if you have pets.
- Sweep garage and basement floors.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Clean and organize closets and cabinets.
- Keep kitchen appliances clean.
- Wipe down all walls and woodwork.
- Tile, grout, and shower doors and curtains should be free of soap film.
- Clear off countertops to make the kitchen look spacious and neat.
- Remove all old newspapers and magazines.
For the best offer possible, try these simple decorating tips:
- Apply a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color.
- Re-stain or paint chipped woodwork.
- Replace or repair torn or soiled wallpaper, carpeting, or draperies (neutral colors).
- Fresh flowers make your home more attractive.
- Make sure lighting that’s visible through front doors and windows enhances the home’s appearance.
- Align your window treatments to allow the most light into each room.
- A new shower curtain can perk up a bathroom.
- Remove all ‘clutter’ from the floor, shelves and tables.
Even minor defects suggest neglect to a buyer. These defects, if repaired, reassure potential buyers as to the overall good condition of the home.
- Check all windows and doors to ensure they are in proper working order.
- Check and repair all leaky faucets & toilets.
- Make sure all closet and cabinet doors close properly.
- Visually inspect central heating, air conditioning, and water heater. Make necessary repairs, if needed.
- Check doorbell.
- Badly scratched hardwood floor should be polished or refinished.
- Replace light bulbs and clean fixtures.
- Lubricate squeaky doors.
First impressions are important. Pretend you’re a potential buyer looking at your home for the first time. Look for the things that might set off a warning signal.
- Put out a new doormat.
- Remove all clutter and children’s toys from walkways.
- Make beds.
- Put a fresh tablecloth on the dining room table.
- Use soft lighting to create a welcome atmosphere.
- Turn on soft music; turn off the television.
- Remove all signs of a pet.
- Avoid unpleasant cooking odors.
- Place private papers and jewelry out of sight.
- Have a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven!