Steps in Preparing to Sell Your Home

In preparing your home for the market, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck possible. Buyers might be impressed by a much-needed new roof, but they won’t even notice it if the front yard is hopelessly overgrown and a shutter is hanging askew, and they aren’t going to pay a higher price simply because your house has a new roof. “Polishes” and “touch ups” are what you want, not extensive and costly renovations. As an experienced real estate agent, we understand buyer expectations in our local area, and we can advise you specifically on which improvements need to be made and which improvements will get you the highest return on your investment. We can also recommend the best professionals to help you get those improvements done.

You want to get the best price for your home! Here’s a quick list of things you can do to ensure the best sales price and a speedy sale!

Grounds and Exterior

  • A fresh coat of paint for your home, especially the front door, garage, and fences
  • Lawn trimmed, weeds pulled from beds, and yard clear of debris
  • Gutters sealed and downspouts clean
  • Polish door brass, paint worn trim or rusty mail box
  • Clean all window and screens
  • Clean Walkways, Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Clean pool and spa

Inside Your Home

  • Paint inside walls and woodwork
  • Oil doors, tighten loose cabinet knobs, take out removable stains
  • Check that all windows, doors, and drawers can be easily opened and closed
  • Replace damaged floor tiles, clean soiled carpeting
  • Tighten leaky faucets, repair or replace faulty wall switches, outlets, light fixtures and appliances that will stay with the home
  • Scrub bathroom tiles and grout, polish faucets, keep toiletries and medicines in their chest, and laundry items in a closed hamper
  • Clean windows and keep closets, basement, and garage clear of clutter
  • Make your home clutter free (have a garage sale to rid you of items you’ve accumulated over the years prior to showing your home)
  • Depersonalize your home as much as possible (remove refrigerator magnets, photos, awards and paperwork). This will make it easier for buyers to envision your home as their home.
  • Make sure your home doesn’t have a smell by adding fresh flowers, potpourri, lemon oil or by putting a lemon down the disposal.

When your home is on the market you want to make sure that it is clean, organized and always ready to show (keep blinds and drapes open). If possible remove loud pets, children and yourselves during a showing as buyers prefer to walk by themselves to see your home.

  • Bonus Tip #1:
  • The fewer belongings in your house and garage, the larger your space will look. Consider renting off-site storage for extra belongings while your house is on the market. Remember, buyers will also ask to see your garage. Stuffing the garage to the rafters will only give buyers the impression that the house is too small for the average family.
  • Bonus Tip #2:
  • Hold your moving sale BEFORE you put your house on the market.
  • Bonus Tip #3:
  • Many home shows on TV are dedicated to getting homes ready for sale. One favorite is HGTV’s Designed To Sell. Check out a couple of these informative and entertaining programs.

Need more tips on getting your home ready for sale.  Please contact us at 407-644-8595

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