Make your home "for sale" ready

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You work with a REALTOR® because they are best able to sell your home quickly and profitably. But remember: Your relationship with your REALTOR® is a partnership. While they market your property and screen potential buyers, it's up to you to give your home a simple, inexpensive sprucing up that can go a long way toward a speedy sale.

With that in mind, here are some helpful hints.

Before the Showings Begin

Hint: First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

  • The exterior of your home often determines how buyers will view the interior, so:
  • Make sure your front entrance is clean and inviting.
  • Paint or replace your front door it it's faded or worn.
  • Add some paint to shutters, trim and any other outside features showing signs of wear.

Hint: Beauty is More than Skin Deep

  • Buyers often see the surface condition of your home as a sign of what's underneath, so:
  • Keep windows and floors clean.
  • Replace faded wallpaper and glue any areas that have come away from the wall.
  • Repair worn woodwork.
  • Repaint scarred or dirty walls in a neutral color.
  • Steam clean carpeting or replace it is necessary.
  • Repair loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, broken light switches, and other minor flaws.
  • Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.

Make Minor Repairs

Scrutinize

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
  • (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until is makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hand level.
  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

Make the House Sparkle!

Check Curb Appeal

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
  • If a buyer won't get out of their agent's car because they don't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get them inside.
  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant flowers or group flower pots together; yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

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