GET THE HOUSE READY
To get your house ready for the market, the biggest thing to remember is that a "well-polished" house appeals to buyers. When a home “shows well,” it gives buyers confidence that the house has been properly maintained. Of course, the exact opposite holds true when a home fails to make a good, first impression. Consumers simply feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for property. So, put in some effort to Get it Ready, and your home will likely sell quicker and for a higher price.
Sallie’s tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:
- Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
- Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
- Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling. Repair any problem areas.
- Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
- Clean and align gutters.
- Inspect and clean the chimney.
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles. Replace damaged roof vent boots.
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
- Add a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance, but never use artificial flowers for color.
- Keep your garage door closed.
- Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
Sallie’s tips to enhance your home’s interior by:
- Remove clutter from every room. You’re going to be moving. Box it up now and store elsewhere. Have a garage sale or donate items to charity.
- Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning. Your house should “sparkle.” (If you’re too busy to maintain the house, hire a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market.)
- Repaint dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as khaki or grey. The same neutral scheme can be applied to floors. (Most buyers prefer a blank canvas in neutral colors. This makes it easier for them to imagine their furnishings in their new home.)
- Replace broken or cracked window panes.
- Re-caulk around tubs, showers and sinks.
- If your home is in need of updating, replace cabinet knobs and light fixtures, if nothing else. Remove lacy or shear window treatments or heavy, outdated drapery. Install new window blinds if needed.
- Buy new, showy towels for the bathrooms and put them out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
- Have a pre-listing inspection and address any issues relating to pests, termites, water damage, dampness, plumbing, electrical, roof, HVAC or structural integrity.