Preparing Your Home for Sale
Let your home welcome buyers with a smile…
With a little elbow grease, your home can be sold more quickly and at a better price. The following tips have proven invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention!
Prepare your home, and it will sell itself!
1. Make your first impression count! The front of your home greats the next homeowner! Make sure it is fresh and clean. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Clean up anything that does not ‘belong’. In winter, be sure snow and ice are removed from walkways and steps.
2. A neutral décor will help make for a quick sale! Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. By redecorating with a fresh coat of neutral paint on the walls and touching up the woodwork, the home will look ‘move in ready’ and allow buyers to see the home as the one to buy!
3. Let the light shine through! Open up those drapes and curtains and wash those windows! A cheerful room makes the buyer feel right at home and ready to move in!
4. Fix that drip! A faulty faucet or drip will discolor your sink and suggest faulty plumbing to buyers. A quick fix to that will benefit everyone!
5. The devil is in the details! Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinets, cracks and other minor flaws detract from the value of your home. These easy fixes will allow your home to sell quicker – so fix them and enjoy the benefit of a quick sale!
6. Clutter is not your friend! De-clutter and remove all unnecessary items. This includes all those holiday decorations and family heirlooms stored in the attic. Too many things, no matter where they are, hide the true size of your home and make the buyer think your home is ‘small’!
7. Can you see? Are your rooms bright and well lit? Or do you walk into a room and think you need to find a flashlight? A few well placed lights will help any room look brighter and your home will present itself with a smile!
8. Clean and odor free! You may think this is a tough thing to ask. Especially if you have young children or a smoker in the home. The time it takes to shampoo the carpets and wash the walls and get rid of those cob webs and dust bunnies will pay off! Buyers don’t want to pay for a dirty home. They want it ready to welcome them to the neighborhood! Again, a little work goes a long way!
9. Crowds make your home “smaller”! Avoid showing off the family tree, or leaving the family at home while the buyer is looking around! They want to ‘see’ their family there, not yours. Your pets should make themselves scarce too! This is especially true for buyers with allergies. Some buyers won’t even look at your home if they know it has a furry creature residing within.
10. Let the experts do their thing! Let your agent do all the talking, showing and negotiating! Your agent is trained to discuss and help get you the best price for your home. By working with your Howard Hanna Sales Associate, you are working with the person who is best qualified to negotiate your most favorable conclusion.