Ready to Show: You’ve made the decision to sell your home. Now it is time take off the rose-colored glasses and look at it objectively and unemotionally. You need to be aware of what you can and cannot change and concentrate on those items that will bring the highest rewards.
First Impressions: Curb appeal is the attractiveness of your home’s exterior when viewed from the street. Most buyers will not get out their car if they do not find your home’s curb appeal visually attractive. Here are some simple tips to enhance your home’s appeal.
- Trim shrubbery and hedges
- Maintain the lawn
- Remove junk or clutter from the yard
- Wash decks and porches. Make sure they are stained or painted
- Front door should be freshly painted or stained
- Place flowers in pots or planters at the front door
- All exterior lights should be in working order
- Exterior windows should be clean and operational
- Clean out gutters and downspouts
- Walkways should be swept
- Make sure the garage door is closed
Through the Eyes of the Buyer: Your goal is to get others to see the house as their potential home, not yours. Key to achieving this is to de-personalize and de-clutter your home.
- Put away family photos, sports trophies, collectible items, knick-knacks, and souvenirs
- Clean and organize closets
- When it comes to preparing a house, painting gives you the best return for money spent.
- At the very least all carpeting needs to be steam cleaned. Any worn, stained or foul smelling carpet should be replaced. Any flooring that is cracked or damaged should be replaced, if possible.
- The cleaner your house is, the better. Dusting, washing, waxing, polishing everything will always make a good impression.
- Clean the fixtures and make sure the bulbs work
- Replace any cracked windows
- All pets create odors. If you have a cat, be sure to empty the kitty litter box daily. If you’re a dog owner, keep the dog outdoors as much as possible. Sprinkle carpet freshener on the carpet periodically.