Get Your Home Ready To Sell
Just like a job interview, you only get to make a first impression once. When you think about it, ready and able Buyers are watching the MLS for new listings hoping to get the jump on what may be their dream home.
If you do not have you home in top shape, you may lose those ready Buyers. If you are thinking of selling your home this year, allow 1-2 months prep time to get things in order.
Did you know that many loans will not fund a home that has any bare wood showing? One of the biggest mistakes I see as a Broker is Sellers not taking the time to thin the clutter and make needed repairs before putting their home on the market. If you have any bare wood or peeling paint, it needs to be painted. Also, Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in your home. That is hard to do if your home is full of personal collections.
A good Broker will walk through your home with you pointing out items that could cause financing issues along with providing tips on how to stage your home for the best possible launch on the market.
Below are many items you can do but make sure you are taking care home items first and then work on curb appeal.
Please contact me is you have any questions or would like assistance in selling your home.
~ Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.
~ Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
~ Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.
~ Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.
~ Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.
~ Wash the windows inside and out.
~ Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.
~ Paint the walls and ceilings off-white or beige.
~ Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
~ Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
~ Repair drippy faucets and shower heads. Unclog slow drains.
~ Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.
~ Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
~ Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
~ Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
~ Re-nail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
~ Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
~ Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
~ Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
~ Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.