Tips for Sellers
Preparing Your House for Sale
When preparing your home for sale, keep in mind the likely buyer for your home. Most people are looking for a clean, well maintained space they can call their own. They are also looking for an emotional connection, a place that seems safe, private and cheerful. Buyers are usually stretching financially to afford a home and are therefore most often looking for a place that doesn’t need much work.
Most major remodeling projects are not appropriate right before you plan on selling. Cleaning, de-cluttering, small repairs and creating that elusive thing called charm, are your main goals.
You will also want to eliminate any safety hazards you may have, especially for small children. Put away precious possessions.
Your agent will be happy to walk through your home with you to help decide where your energies would best be spent. We can recommend trades people to help you if you’d like. The task of preparing a home for sale can be overwhelming, but we can help you stream line the process. Talk to your agent about the pros and cons of using a professional stager for your situation. Oftentimes, it can be worth the expense.
- Start by removing over- large, damaged, dirty or extra furniture
- No over stuffed closets allowed- fold towels in neat stacks, organize dishes and food.
- Clothes closets should be neat and fresh.
- Books should all fit neatly on shelves.
- Decorate with simplicity.
- The idea is to make your spaces seem larger, but not empty.
- Minimize knick knacks, family photos, magazines, potted plants. Pick your favorites that are in the best condition and add beauty to your home.
- Consider renting a storage unit for all the extra things you have, or as a last resort, store in the garage.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
- Clean from top to bottom, especially bathrooms and kitchens.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Clean mirrors, photos and art glass.
- If walls and woodwork cannot be rendered spotless, consider painting.
- Clean and buff hardwood floors.
- Take a long and critical look at wall-to-wall carpeting. Clean rugs. Expose hardwood floors wherever possible.
- Grout cracked tiles, caulk around tubs, showers and sinks if necessary.
- Assess window coverings. Let as much light in as possible while on the market.
- Make sure that everything works properly from appliances to light fixtures to the front door bell. Get rid of leaky faucets and frayed cords
- Check for odors, especially if you have or have had pets. Hide litter boxes. Use potpourri in bathrooms.
- Fresh flowers, bowls of fruit and lemons can be used throughout the house.
- Now is a great time to buy new bath towels, bed clothes, pot holders and dish towels.
- Use fresh bars of soap in bathrooms.
- Put away family toiletries.
- Outside, make sure your home looks inviting. Shopping for a home can be exhausting. Some prospective buyers won’t get out of the car if the house doesn’t look appealing from the street.
- Mulch, but use attractive mulch, and one without a strong scent.
- Use pots of flowers by the front door way.
- A little landscaping or a few new plants can go a long ways.
- Trim any overgrown plants, especially those blocking pathways or windows.
- Paint the front door, and polish the hardware.
- Replace the welcome mat.
- Remove any cars, equipment, toys or other debris from the yards and driveway.
- Mow and edge the lawn, weed the garden and clean the pathways.
Make sure your home is free of hazards
- Remove slippery throw rugs
- Fix loose steps
- Remove dangerous chemicals; put medicine out of reach.
- Have pets in an enclosure, or arrange for them to be out of the home during showings.
- Ensure that all decks, railing, ponds, etc, are child proofed.
Put away your precious possessions
- Remove small, tempting items from surface areas, such as jewelry on your dresser.
- Expensive electronic equipment or cameras should not be on display.
- Prescription drugs should be removed from medicine cabinets and stored away.
- Delicate and expensive items should not be anywhere they could be bumped into.