First Impressions Last.
Buyers want to inspect your house and
neighborhood for the things that are important to them. Buyers always over
estimate the cost of painting and repairs. It is always preferable that you
prepare your home to look its best resulting in a faster sale at a higher price.
Leave your house and trust your professional Realtor to show and sell it for
The Front View Greets the Buyer.
Make sure it is inviting. Keep your lawn well manicured and
your gutters cleaned. Power washing the house, sidewalks, decks and driveways
will greatly improve curb appeal. A new coat of paint on the front door and
porch rails will give your entrance a fresh look!
Dust & Dirt Reduce Appeal.
Inspect for cobwebs in the corners, dusty ceiling fans, dirty
baseboards and carpets. A small investment in time and good cleaning will make
your home look its best and give the greatest return.
Make Rooms Look Larger.
Remove excess furniture, pictures and posters. Neat, orderly
rooms and closets will make rooms look larger!
Soft Music and Sweet Aromas are
Have the intercom or stereo tuned to a station of soft
background music. Scented candles and potpourri give the home a pleasant aroma.
Kitchens and Bathrooms Sell Homes.
Check and repair caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and
countertops. Remove as much from countertops as possible and place remainder
neatly on a tray or in a basket. Make these rooms sparkling clean.
Display the Full Value of Your Storage
Remove all unnecessary articles from your closets. Perhaps now
is the time to start packing for your move. Neatly stacked boxes look much
better than cluttered shelves and floors.
Pay Attention to Details.
Loose knobs, sticking doors, dirty air return filters, ovens,
and tile grout, loose wallpaper seams and other minor flaws detract from your
Let the Sun Shine In!
Open blinds, shades, and curtains to show how cheerful your
home is. Turn on every light in the house. Make sure light fixtures are clean.
When possible, wash windows and remove screens -- this can increase light by
Pets in the home?
Many buyers are very pet sensitive. Keeping them out of the
way-preferably out of the house is best. Pay special attention to pet odors.
Removing of pets, beds, bowls and toys will reduce pet odor and buyer rejection.