Make your home "for sale" ready
Giving Your Home the On-The-Market MakeoveR
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
- 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.