Preparing Your Home for Sale
The famous quote “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” has been attributed to Oscar Wilde but something that anyone selling their home should keep in mind! Imagine that you are a Buyer entering your house for the first time. What would you see? – and smell?
- Yard - should be free of toys, garbage, garden tools, etc. Keep lawn mowed and edged. Keep garage doors closed. Put colorful flowers in front of the house.
- Front Door – the gateway to your home! Make sure door and entryway are clean. If need be, paint front door.
- Be mindful of odors. If there are pets, ask a TRUE friend to give your house the “sniff” test. Have carpets professionally cleaned and deodorized.
- Kitchen – the gathering place in most homes! Clear counters of clutter and appliances to show off counter space. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink. Fresh flowers on the table are a nice touch.
- Bathrooms – it is important that bathrooms are clean, bright and smell fresh! Is it time for a new shower curtain or throw rugs? Polish all fixtures. Remove soap scum from showers and tubs. Remove stains from toilets and tubs. Hang bright fresh towels.
- General Checklist – Repair and paint cracks in ceiling/walls
- Repair leaks and cover watermarks
- Secure peeling wallpaper
- Repaint woodwork
- Wash windows and screens
- Wash and/or paint door jambs and interior doors
It’s been said that a house looks its best the day you buy it and the day you sell it!
Making your home look its best for the new Buyer is well worth the effort. It’ll pay off in money and time on the market!