TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME
There are 2 major components to getting the most value for your home in the least amount of time: Preparing your home for the market and showing your home.
Following these tips will bring more value to your property and help sell it more quickly.
PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE MARKET
___Make sure your furnace and hot water tank are in good working condition.
___Check condition of windows both inside and out: caulking, opening/closing, hardware
___Check condition of screens
___Check condition of roof, valleys, gutters, fascia
___Check condition of fireplace(s)
___Check out condition of plumbing fixtures
___Fix cracks in walk ways, driveway, garage floor, and patio
___Check out handles on doors and cabinets
___Install high wattage light bulbs in all the fixtures and lamps
___If you have a fireplace highlight it in your decorating.
___keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
___replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.
___Have a family “game plan” to get your home organized quickly if necessary.
___Put family photos in storage; including trophies and awards.
___Improve traffic flow in each room by removing unnecessary furniture & other items.
___create the feeling of a spacious entry way by removing all unnecessary furniture and other items.
___Putty and paint over any nail holes or other mishaps on the walls.
___Paint walls a neutral color in order to make the rooms brighter and appear bigger.
___Remove all wall paper and paint walls a neutral color.
___Clean all bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home.
___Clean all windows in and out of the home, including inside the garage.
___Use plants in transitional areas of home.
___Make the most of your attic’s room potential.
___Remove/hide excess extension cords and exposed wires.
___Tighten, repair or replace banisters and railings.
___Enlarge your counter space by removing as much as possible including small appliances.
___Create a master suite effect in your decorating.
___Depersonalize bedrooms by decorating in a neutral scheme.
___Organize your closets and remove all unnecessary items and place in storage.
___Remove/replace caulking around tub/shower if caulking is not sparkling white.
___Replace (or repair) broken tiles in shower or tub areas.
___Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
___Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
___Use flowering plants to decorate walk ways and patios.
___Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and trash from the yard.
___Extensions to your home (patios, decks, balconies, walkways, steps, outdoor furniture) should be swept, cleaned, and in good condition.
___Paint all entrance doors, if necessary to improve the look.
___Make sure the garage door opens easily.Repair and paint it if necessary.
___Clean and shine all hardware and accessories on doors both in and outside.
___Trees and shrubs should be pruned and trimmed.
___Use a new door mat.
___Be sure the front door bell is in good working order.
___Make sure the front door and screen door work perfectly.
___Clean all light fixtures outside and be sure you use the brightest bulbs.
SHOWING YOUR HOME
___Open the draperies and pull up the shades to let in the sunshine.
___Turn on all lights whether day or night time.
___Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.
___Air out your home one half hour before your showings.
___Lightly spray the home with air freshener before a showing.
___Open doors to areas you want buyers to see such as; walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
___Completely remove all smoke and pet odors.
___Microwave a small dish of vanilla 20 minutes before a showing and remove it and store away.
___Highlight an eat-in kitchen with a table set for dinner.
___Kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly cleaned with toilet seats down.
___Make sure the beds are made and the linens are clean.
___Do not leave wet towels around in bathrooms and wipe down sinks and showers after each use.
___Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps.
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