Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Step One: Call a Wilson Group real estate agent to give you valuable information so you can prepare your home to go on the market.
The first impression can make or break the interest of a buyer. If the initial impression isn’t agreeable, the sale may not happen as quickly as you would like. Be sure to create a warm atmosphere, you have one shot and one shot only for a pleasant first impression. The following suggestions will help.
- Mulch flowerbeds and landscaped areas.
- Cut back overgrown landscaping or anything blocking sidewalks (including over hanging trees, ivy, etc.)
- A clean exterior lets people know you really take care of your home. Wash the front of the house with bleach and water (if it doesn’t need a fresh coat of paint.)
- Make sure the front porch is clean and uncluttered and seasonally decorated.
- Don’t forget to sweep ceilings and corners for unwanted cobwebs and wasp nests.
- Paint if necessary.
- Make sure front porch light is clean, attractive and working.
- If gutters need cleaning, go ahead and clean.
- De-clutter! Remember less is more! If a room has too much furniture, put some in storage. Make rooms seem as spacious as possible.
- If there are too many pictures on walls, take the majority down and put in storage. Don’t distract potential buyers.
- Give the appearance that you have lots of countertop space by cleaning off your kitchen countertops (put toasters, microwaves, coffeemakers and overall “stuff” in the pantry or a cupboard.)
- Every buyer is looking for lots of storage space, therefore clean out closets and put items you don’t use every day into a storage unit .
- Clean cobwebs from the corners of ceilings and floors.
- Dust and wash your baseboards.
- Change lightbulbs if they are burned out. There are a lot of people who can only look at homes in the evening after work when it may be dark.
- Clean your windows, window sills, curtains and blinds. Sunlight makes your home more warm and inviting.
- Clean and de-clutter you linen closet. Again, less is more. Make those closets look huge.
- Paint if there is any chipping paint or walls in bad shape. If you don’t, you’ll pay for it in price later.
- If you don’t need to paint, make sure you clean your door trim to get rid of fingerprints, dirt and smudge.
- Caulk is a wonder – fixer and extremely easy to use! If you see anything that has cracks and needs caulking, then do it (tile, trim, windows, etc.).
- If you have any stains on ceilings from previous water leaks, roof leaks or spaghetti tests, go ahead and paint.
- If you have leaky faucets, running toilets, defective outlets, or other various issues go ahead and repair them.
- Change all air filters on your central heat and air before your home goes on the market.