Preparing Your Home
To get the best price for your home, it’s best to make a great first impression! Since a buyer’s first impression is typically the one that stays with them, it is important to make sure that even the little things in your home have been given attention. Most buyers look for homes that are well cared for and bright. A small investment in time and money will give your home an advantage over other listings in the area.
Easy things you can do to make the Best First Impression, Without Spending a Cent
- Be out of the house for showings if possible. Children, pets, and adults can keep buyers from feeling at ease while they look through a home.
- Tell me which rooms benefit from sunshine or cooling breezes.
- Tell me what YOU like about the house, the yard, and the location.
- Turn on all the lights and any gas fireplaces for the entire showing.
- Open the drapes in the daytime, close them at night.
- Make sure your home is fresh and clean for showings. Strong cooking or smoking odors can ruin a sale.
Checklist For A Faster Sale
- Lawn & Yard: remove clutter and litter, cut grass, trim hedges, weed gardens, rake leaves.
- Front of House: The front door is a first impression. Make sure to paint, fix, or wash the front door as well as railings, steps, and screens.
- Other Exterior: wash doors, siding, gutters, and windows.
- Garage: empty it out as much as possible.
- Plumbing: repair dripping faucets or leaky pipes.
- Halls & Stairs: remove clutter to give a wide appearence.
- Hardware: oil hinges, tighten door knobs.
- General: dust, wash, paint, replace burnt lightbulbs.
- Kitchen: clean the stove, fridge and sink. Clear all work areas.
- Bathrooms: should be neat and spotless. Repair caulk around tub if necessary.
- Closets: untidy and overcrowded closets suggest inadequate storage space. Store any items not immediately in use.