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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  Remove lacy or shear window treatments or heavy, outdated drapery.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.

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SALLIE CHESTER, REALTOR®
EXIT Real Estate Consultants
5175 Sunset Blvd, Ste 3
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-707-8595
Fax:  803-358-0889
Email: salliechester@exitrec.com

Client Testimonials

We were fortunate to find Sallie several years ago when we were looking for our Lake Murray home, and after the wonderful experience we had with her through that buying process, and the fun we’ve had with her and her husband in the ensuing years, it was a total no-brainer that we would ask Sallie to help us sell the property when that time came. And, of course, we’re so happy we did!  We could not have wished for a better outcome.  Our only regret is that now we’ll be living further away. Stephanie and Alan S. ~September 2019
Sallie did a great job.  Her experience and knowledge really showed.  She found the house we were looking for based on our criteria.  She expertly advised us as we negotiated the purchase price, lined up inspections, prepared a punch list for repairs, coordinated with the lender and my attorney, and just made us comfortable and confident throughout the process.  I could not be more pleased.

Michael C. - Sept 2019
We, of course, are very happy and blessed to have had Sallie sell our home. Her team is wonderful also. We highly recommend Sallie Chester!  Melissa B. ~June 2019
Sallie and her team were very helpful and 100% on top of the entire selling process of our condo. From our original meeting, Sallie gave us great advice on selling quickly and for a fair price. She worked tirelessly to negotiate terms with the buyers' agent about the conditions of the transaction and kept us up-to-date with any changes that had come about. We used Sallie to both purchase and sell our condo and I would be happy to recommend her to anyone buying or selling property in the Columbia area. I truly appreciated her expertise and persistence in everything she did. Joshua S. ~June 2019
Sallie was very professional and dependable in all of our dealings.  We appreciated her counsel and experience, and would recommend her highly. Karen and Eddie W. ~May 2019
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