want to sell
on your home than you will in
the first 3-4 weeks of the listing. Buyers and agents both
scramble to look at it. The reason is simple: there are
out there who have seen everything available and for one reason or
another, haven't bought yet. They are just waiting for
new to come on the market. After the initial surge of
the only people to look at it will be those buyers new to the
marketplace. Thus, it is important to make certain that the
impression of your home is a favorable one. Below we
helpful tips to
consider when preparing your home for sale.
lawn weekly while showing your home.
shape shrubs. Remove all dead limbs & debris.
flowers in the yard or place potted flowers near the front door.
& touch-up with paint or stain.
- Put lawn
equipment & outdoor toys away neatly.
- If needed,
repaint or replace mailbox.
stain the front door making sure the first impression of your home is a
front entry light & doorbell are in working condition.
broken or missing house numbers making sure the numbers are visible
from the street.
shingles & flashing in roof, especially when visible from the
- Check all
gutters. Clean out debris & realign if crooked. Repair if
window sashes, trim & shutters. Touch-up with paint if needed.
or broken window panes & screens. Wash windows. Spray down
screens with hose.
- Clutter is
turn-off! Box up & move to storage everything you can live
- If you
the baseboard, the room is probably cluttered. Rearrange furniture so
rooms appear as spacious as possible.
bulbs throughout the home with higher wattage bulbs so rooms are
- If you need
repaint - use white, off-white or light
beige paint. These are bright & neutral colors which make the
appear larger & allow the new owners to visualize their
in the home.
- carpets included. Clean the oven &
all appliances. Polish chrome surfaces on sinks & tubs. Clean
smudges around light switches & doorknobs. Clean all windows
mirrors so they sparkle.
stained or odorous carpets. Mop, scrub & wax laminate flooring.
Dust & clean wood flooring.
counter tops as much as possible. Reduce the
number of items in cabinets & cupboards (see #14) - organize
neatly in closets. Reduce the number of items stored on shelves
& the floor.
organize your basement, attic & garage.
doorknobs, light switch plates & cabinet
hinges. Use WD-40 to get rid of squeaking or sticking cabinet hinges,
door hinges & windows.
faucets & pipes. Repair or clean caulking around tubs &
sinks. Make sure to remove any water stains.
- Lastly, a
odor control. Remove garbage daily. If you
have indoor cats, clean out litter box daily - use plenty of baking
soda in litter. For those who smoke, use an ozone spray, air purifier,
or smoke outside. Some people have sensitive noses - do not use scented
sprays for visitors. Instead, have a potpourri pot or turn on your
stove burner & place a drop of vanilla extract on it (it will
like you've been baking).
extensive list of minor things you can do to prepare
your home for sale; many are easy to do, and some require a small
investment. If you're not able to do them all, pick what's
important to you - any number of these items will help make the home
easier for your prospective buyer to visualize as their own.
Are you ready to sell your home?
Please call us
641-585-HOME, or email us so
we can begin