Prepare Your Home for Sale

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Before You List Your Home 

Wear and tear can make buyers uneasy

Minor imperfections that we often overlook in our own homes tend to turn prospective buyers off, because they overestimate the cost of repairs. Faded and scraped walls, as well as any scratched woodwork, should be restored to good condition. A little paint and furniture polish can go a long way in increasing the appeal of your home


Check major repairs

Major appliance repair is something that very few prospective buyers would look forward to. Drain a pail of water from the heater in order to remove rust particles and change the filter on the furnace. Applying oil to noisy appliance fans is a quick remedy. Be sure not to overlook cleaning the exterior of the water heater, furnace, and other major appliances that will be seen by prospective buyers.


Making repairs now can mean a higher price later

Since buyers tend to overestimate the cost of most repairs, it is generally in your best interest to make necessary repairs yourself rather than leave it to them. If closet doors or screen doors are off track, or if doorknobs are loose, fix them. Dripping faucets and cracked molding also suggest neglect to prospective buyers. By fixing them now you should be able to get top dollar for your house.

 

Preparing Your Home for Showings

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make A First Impression

The “curb appeal” your home offers a prospective buyer is extremely important. Begin with your lawn: keep it neat and trim, and always remove ice and snow from steps and sidewalks during the winter. Your front door is a welcoming sign to prospective buyers - Make sure it is clean and paint if necessary.
 

The Brighter the Better

Clean windows and open draperies highlight your walls and ceilings. By letting in natural light, you are letting buyers see how bright and cheery your home can be.
 

Avoid Clutter

Buyers have a hard time looking past clutter. By removing items that you seldom use, you let people see the space your home has to offer. Items such as newspapers and toys should be put away, and stairways should be clean and free of clutter as well. 
 

A Clean Kitchen is a Must

Many buyers judge housekeeping based on the condition of the oven and the stove. Clean the interior and exterior of your dishwasher. Countertops should be clean and free of clutter.
 

Sparkling Bathrooms Will Help Sell Your Home

All tile, grouting and linoleum should be clean and free of soap scum. Fixtures should be free of water marks and polished. If there is a window in your bathroom, open it to allow a fresh breeze. 
 

Make Closets Appear Larger

By removing items that can be packed or stored elsewhere, closets appear neat and organized, making them seem larger and more enticing to buyers.
 

Don't Overlook Your Utility Space

The attic, basement, garage, and other utility spaces should be as neat a possible, so remove any unnecessary items. Dull walls are easily brightened with a fresh coat of paint. Damp, musty smells are quickly cured by placing bags of limestone in moist places.
 

Wear and Tear Makes Buyers Uneasy

Minor imperfections that we often overlook in our own homes tend to turn prospective buyers off. Faded and scraped walls, as well as any scratched woodwork, should be restored to good condition. A little paint and furniture polish can go a long way in increasing the appeal of your home.
 

Night Showings

In order to best highlight your property, remember to turn on porch lights and any other outside lights for night showings. Inside, try to have the house well-lit throughout when the hour of appointment nears.