Getting Ready For Sale

As the market slows, more homes will linger and buyers will have more choices. It has never been more imperative that sellers take extra care to make their house as appealing as possible to buyers.

In preparing your home for the market you want to get the biggest “bang for your buck” possible. Buyers might be impressed by a new roof but they may not even notice that roof if the front yard is hopelessly overgrown and a shutter is hanging askew. “Polishes” and “touch-ups” are what will make your house more visually attractive, not costly renovations.

As an experienced real estate agent, I understand buyer expectations in our local area and I can advise you specifically on which improvements need to be made and which improvements will get you the highest return on your investment. I can also recommend the best professionals to help you get those improvements completed. Feel free to contact me if you are in need of a vendor referral. Some advice I may offer includes:

Maximizing You House’s exterior and curb appeal:

There is an old saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Curb appeal can go a long way towards making up for other shortcomings. The backyard appeal is also very important. A well-manicured front yard and a neglected backyard will make buyers wonder where else you might be cutting corners. To enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal, check the following and repair as necessary:

– Have the lawn edged, cut short and watered.

– Follow the same schedule for trimming the hedges, weeding the lawn, weeding the flowerbeds and pruning the trees (in front of the house as well as the side yards and the back).

– Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.

– Inspect around your home for peeling paint and touch up as necessary.

– Clean and align rain gutters.

– Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

– Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.

– Remove boats, RV’s and unused cars from the property.

– Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door and new hardware, if necessary.

Maximizing Your House’s Interior:

The same exterior effort needs to be applied inside as well to make a favorable impression on potential buyers. A few simple “touches” and “polishes” will again translate into positive feedback and higher offers. To enhance your house’s interior, check the following and make changes as needed:

– Thoroughly clean every room and closet. Remove all clutter.

– Make sure everything is cleaned up before showings. For example no dishes in the sink, no clothes on the ground in bedrooms.

– Make arrangements to have a professional cleaning service come in minimum once every month.

– Items you rarely use (but intend to keep) should be packed up and moved offsite.

– Mend cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement.

– Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.

– Consider painting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as beige or off-white. Paint the ceiling and trim white for a sharp and clean contrast.

– Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.

– Inspect and repair your plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.

– Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.

Remember – The goal to getting your home ready to sell is to make the home look as clean and well taken care of as possible. Think to yourself “How would I want a property to look that I’m previewing to buy.”

Need more tips on getting your home ready for sale? Please contact us!