well maintained home attracts more potential buyers. When placing
your house on the market, you want to strive for a positive first
impression. It's not difficult, it doesn't have to be expensive, and
it could add significantly to your profit. We have developed some
helpful pointers to prepare your home for sale so that every first
impression is an opportunity to sell.
sure your lawn is freshly cut; bushes are pruned; and planting areas
are weeded. For inexpensive color, add a row of annuals along the
well-maintained roof is a strong selling point. If you have any
broken or missing shingles, replace them. Clean out gutters and
downspouts and wash their exteriors. You may want to consider replacing
old or severely damaged roofs, gutters, or downspouts.
smooth, clean driveway will tell potential buyers that you have
taken care in maintaining your home. Because most visitors will
walk to your entrance via the driveway, its condition should be
considered. It may be time to resurface cracked and broken cement
exterior clutter - sweep your sidewalks, clear your patio or deck
of small items, and keep your garage door closed.
cosmetic appearance of your home's exterior should be at its best.
A fresh coat of paint is an important investment. Whether it is
the trim, front door, or wood siding, if it is pealing, repaint
it. If you have vinyl or aluminum siding, have it cleaned. Replace
worn door hardware and lighting fixtures if needed. Check windows
- repair or remove torn screens.
your home inviting. You should pay attention to the sensory details
when your home is being shown. Play soft, soothing music; pull back
curtains and drapes to make rooms bright and cheery; arrange fresh
flowers or potted plants throughout the living areas; and use neutral
colors whenever possible.
entry is where every visitor will be welcomed into your home. Its
appearance will have a lasting impact on those who enter. Make sure
this area is not cluttered and is well lit.
shows the kitchen is one of the most important areas to potential
buyers. The appearance is very important. Never show your home with
dirty dishes in the sink. Clean you appliances so they sparkle.
Your cabinets should be organized. Clear your countertops to make
your work surfaces appear larger, and replace any surfaces that
have been damaged.
shower curtains are a must when preparing your home for the market.
This is an inexpensive way to tidy up the bathroom. Repair any damaged
caulking and make sure all tile and grout are clean.
and storage spaces should be neat and well organized. Closets that
are well organized will appear larger than those with clutter. Hardware
and house ware stores have shelving and compartments that will maximize
all unnecessary tools and items from your garage, basement, or attic.
This is also the time to clean the furnace and laundry areas.
Have your carpets cleaned or consider replacing badly worn carpet.
Always make sure the carpet has been vacuumed prior to a showing.
Hardwood floors should be cleaned or waxed.