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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  Remove lacy or shear window treatments or heavy, outdated drapery.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 recently purchased a house in Harbour Watch, that we absolutely love, through Sallie Chester.  Our relationship with Sallie began with a get to know each other phone call where trust was soon established.  We then made the trip from Virginia to South Carolina to meet Sallie in person, and she showed us several lots and houses that weekend, one of which we ended up purchasing.  The purchase took longer than anticipated because it was initially contingent on the sale of our house in VA.  Sallie was extremely patient and responsive to all of our needs throughout the entire process.  Sallie is honest, hardworking and provides excellent customer service.  We highly recommend using her services. Ann and Barry N. ~February 2019
Sallie Chester was everything we could have hoped for in the sale of our house; very knowledgeable with good advice and with such a friendly attitude. I would highly recommend Sallie to anyone who is seriously wanting to sell or buy property on Lake Murray. Shirley and David S. ~February 2019
What a positive experience working with Sallie to sell our lake home!  She was kind, hard working, kept us informed, a problem solver and great person.  I would highly recommend her!! L. Davis ~ Nov, 2018
We started looking around the Lake Murray area in October of 2017 with very little information about the area as far as neighborhoods went. We were referred by a friend to Sallie Chester after starting with another REALTOR. Sallie was very knowledgeable and knew the lake well.  She was professional and absolutely one of the nicest people we’ve been around. After one year of looking, we found the perfect home for us; it was exactly what we wanted. Sallie was never pushy or impatient; she was willing to meet us anytime we needed, usually on a quick notice. What a blessing it was to find her! Thank you Sallie. Keith and Dawn B ~ Nov, 2018
“We enjoyed working with Sallie!  She was fair and honest with us and really knows the area. She has a nice and professional attitude which made the process easy!” Dave and Tamara M ~ Nov, 2018
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