Start with the kitchen. Clear off the countertops. This is difficult
for most of us because we are used to the convenience of having
everything at our fingertips. However, it does affect the way
buyers view your home.
Clean the inside thoroughly.
Shampoo the carpets. Wash/wax the floors. Clean the windows, lighting
fixtures, blinds and draperies. (Dont forget to replace
burnt out bulbs.) Consider a professional cleaning service, usually
the expense is a valid moving expense tax deduction.
Make the bathrooms sparkle.
Remove that grime that builds over time in the bathtub,
shower, sink and ceramic surround areas. You may have to re-caulk,
remember that too much caulk will mess-up the job.
Repair dripping faucets and leaking commodes.
When small repairs like this are ignored, it makes buyers wonder
what else may be wrong.
Painting may be your best investment when selling, especially
if you have an outdated color scheme or dirty/stained ceilings/walls.
If the stain is caused by a water leak, get it fixed before repainting.
In some cases removing wallpaper and painting walls a neutral
color helps rooms appear bright and spacious.
Make the rooms and closets look bigger.
The less furniture in a room increases the open and spacious feeling.
Store seldom used furniture in the basement. Also, dont
forget to remove out-of-season clothing in closets.
Dont ignore the unfinished basement
Get rid of storage you dont need. Removing clutter and infrequently
used items opens up floor space which makes the area look bigger.
Remaining items should be moved next to walls if possible.
Outside home repairs are essential.
Make the most of that first impression. Does your home need painting?
Are windowsills peeling? Does the front door need cleaning or
painting? Do screen doors open or slide properly? Is the mailbox
post crooked? Does the mailbox need replacement? Consider all
of these items to improve appearance and first impressions.
What about the yard and landscaping?
Your lawn should be kept cut, trimmed, well-watered and free of
brown spots. Make sure the beds are weeded and mulched. Trim shrubs
and trees. Consider adding a few bushes and colorful flowers if
your landscaping is less than average for the neighborhood.
Better safe than sorry.
Although a theft would be extremely rare, especially when a licensed
Real Estate Agent accompanies buyers in your home, it is a good
idea to secure jewelry, cash and other valuables.
Make sure you consider steps 1 through
Make the most of first impressions!