Once you have committed to selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to help get the best possible price in the shortest amount of time.
I am an expert in marketing homes. However, selling your home is a joint effort with you playing an important role in the final results. Your major role is to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers.
Remember that first impressions count. You should do everything you can to make that first impression a positive one. People who consider buying your home will be as critical as you are in searching for your new home.
Take an inspection tour of your home, observing it as a potential buyer would. Take note of any minor repairs and painting that need to be done.
Here are some tips which have proven valuable to homeowners in preparing their homes for showing.
Start with a full housecleaning from top to bottom. Don’t let dirt & clutter obscure your home’s good points. Discard unused & unnecessary items in storage areas & closets. Eliminating clutter will give your home a more spacious look.
- Walls should be clean & free of smudges, fingerprints, & dents. Consider a fresh coat of paint. Inspect woodwork & wallpaper for problems.
- Arrange furniture to make each room appear more spacious. Store badly worn furniture.
- Wash windows & sills. Launder curtains & drapes.
- Shampoo rugs and carpets. Floors should be waxed.
- Repair loose doorknobs, sticking doors & windows, & warped drawers.
- Fix leaky faucets and eliminate discoloration in sinks.
- Tighten loose stair banisters, & be sure steps are free of objects.
- Light fixtures should be in good repair. Replace discolored or cracked switch plates.
- Clean out closets to display their roominess. Be sure clothes are hung neatly other objects tidily arranged.
- Bathrooms should be sparkling clean. Repair caulking in tubs & showers.
- Bedrooms should be neat with attractive spreads & curtains.
- Clean & organize the basement, attic, & garage.