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Preparing Your Home For Market
Room By Room Review
Keep the area around the house free from debris, toys, garden tools ect.
The lawn should always be cut, green and maintained. If you have rocks or something else make sure it always looks nice and inviting.
Make sure fences are in good repair and sturdy. Fences are a big deal. Grass should be healthy and cut.
The front porch area should be power washed so it looks clean and inviting. First impressions are very important.
If the house needs painting, paint it. Be honest with yourself. Again, first impressions are everything.
Keep all bushes and trees trimmed and neat. Be sure the brick or stone on the house is clean.
- The Entry or Foyer
Make the entry beautiful so they want to see the rest of the house. Again, first impressions.
Refrigerator should be clean and empty of calender’s, magnets, recipes ect.
Think about installing new counter-tops if yours are dated, chipped or just ugly.
Organize and clean all kitchen cabinets. Buyers love cabinet space. Make yours appear spacious.
If your kitchen has eating space put a table and chairs or stools at counters.
Counter-tops should be free of everyday items. Give the appearance of plenty of usable counter space.
The kitchen should be well lighted. Install high wattage bulbs and open curtains or blinds.
Kitchen floors should never be carpet. If you have carpet change it to tile, vinyl or some type of laminate.
Kitchens are a focal point. make yours bright, cheery and inviting.
Kitchen extra features are a big draw. Under cabinet lights, glass doors, pantries and/or anything else that adds pizzazz.
Clean the fireplace. Stack logs if a woodburner. Make it look ready and “warm”.
Take down any personal pictures and put away objects that give a sense of you or your family. You want the buyer to be able to picture their stuff in your house.
The living room should be sparsely furnished to give the impression of space.
Put out fresh flowers and/or houseplants.
Clean carpets and floors.
Install high wattage bulbs and open drapes and blinds to create light. Light is cheery!
Remove any old, worn or ugly furniture. You know what’s ugly…
Make the living room look like a place someone would want to be. Light, comfortable and inviting.
Make the bed look nice with clean fresh bedding.
Clean and clutter free.
Kids bedrooms should look like “kids” bedrooms. Fun. Excited kids make happy parents.
Bedrooms are intimate and private spaces.
If there’s space for it a reading chair is a nice feature.
Night stands and dressers should be clutter free.
Bathrooms should be ultra clean and bright.
Counters should be free of personal items like toothbrushes, open soaps and makeup/shaving stuff.
Clean all tile and grout. Thoroughly!
Small plants, package soaps and folded towels can make bathrooms attractive.
I cannot stress enough how important the way a house shows is.
It can mean the difference of thousands of dollars. It could be the difference between a single low offer to multiple offers.
A house that shows poorly can sit on the market longer reducing profits.
Sure, it takes some work. But that is work you would be doing anyway even if you had a Realtor. An agent doesn’t do the work, or pay to have it done, they just tell you it needs to be done, as this agent is doing here.[/text_block]