HOME PREPARATION TIPS
Getting your home ready to sell could take alittle effort but will be well worth it when the offers come in. A home that does not show well will NOT get good offers, buyers often will deduct for having to clean and do the small repairs themselves. Something that may cost you a few dollars to do would reflect as thousands in the offer price, think about it.
Our agents are offering a few tips that you, the seller can do that will help boost your bottom line.
1. One of the most noticeable yet economical improvements you can make to prepare your house for sale is brightening it up. A dark home will not show well. Buyers today like to bring the outdoors in and look for open space & light. Often all a seller has to do is make simple touch-ups that can create very noticeable results.
- Clean all windows, inside and out
- Wipe all light fixtures with a rag and cleaning solution
- Keep curtains open; use as much natural light as possible
- Install new window treatments if yours are damaged
- General cleaning of walls, woodwork and switch plates goes a long way.
- Make the entry light and clutter free.
2) Carpets should be clean, vacuumed and completely smell-free. If the carpets are not faded or damaged, you may consider no more than a thorough shampooing of the rugs to improve the smell (especially pet odor) and appearance. If the condition of the carpet is poor or smells do not come out, you should consider replacing it with a neutral color.
3) Special attention should be paid to kitchen and bathrooms because they receive particular scrutiny from buyers. An immaculate kitchen and bathrooms can result in a faster sale. They should be free of all clutter, fix loose knobs, straighten up cabinets etc. Make the kitchen and bathroom sparkle.
4) Electrical system: Make sure all of your light switches and overhead lights are in working order. Before showing your home make sure all defective electrical items are replaced. These low cost items can have a very positive effect on the appeal of your home. If the problems are greater, call in a licensed electrician to examine all wiring and make any necessary repairs.
Plumbing System: Make sure all drippy faucets or pipes are repaired. Some easy jobs you can do yourself. If you’re not sure, call in a professional.
5) A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference to a room. If your walls are in
good condition, often you can get away with just retouching. However, if the walls are dingy or have nicks or holes in them, taking the time to repaint them now can pay off later. Also extremely bright colors are sometimes a turnoff to buyers. You may want to consider a tone down with neutral colors.
The key to a great paint lob is in the prep work. You should plan on patching or repairing drywall in your house to cover nail holes, furniture nicks or damage created by children’s toys. Paint will not hide cracks and other defects in your walls, so you will need to spend some time up front to ensure that your paint job will look professional. Get rid of old stains in ceilings.
6) Staging could be another secret to selling your home quickly. This often involves rearranging furniture and cleaning clutter. Vacant homes can be more difficult to sell because most buyers have difficulty visualizing themselves living in an empty house. But to stage your home …
- Remove personal possessions, like photos, trophies and mementos
- Tag or remove items not included in sale (i.e. chandeliers, plants, drapes)
- Don’t forget the garage and cellar clean up oily floors, straighten tools and other equipment
- Make rooms and closets look as spacious as possible, remove and store items if necessary.
FOR FURTHER TIPS CONTACT ONE OF OUR AGENTS.