How To Prepare To Sell Your Home

Things to do: April 20-26
April 24, 2017
When looking to sell your home there are some important issues you need to address before putting your home on the market. Here are some essential items to address.

1) Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.

2) Clean the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure-wash your home's siding.

3) Make essential repairs. In a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.

4) Make the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb. Buy a new welcome mat. Let buyers know they're invited into your home.

5) Remove clutter and depersonalize your home. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by hiding knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items.

6) Organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.

7) Make sure every surface shines. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.

8) Take color down a notch. You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

9) Change light bulbs and update light fixtures. It’s easy to forget about all the bulbs that have burned out over the years, but you want your home to be as bright as possible. Lighting makes an incredible difference to how a home looks to potential Buyers. If you have dated light fixtures, take a quick trip to IKEA or Home Depot and pick up some modern ones.

10) Tackle the bathrooms. Remove all the toiletries you have on display (nobody wants to know what deodorant you use). Invest in some new white towels. Buy new but affordable accessories: soap dish, toothbrush holder, etc. If your toilet seat, shower curtain or bath-matt are worn, replace them. Consider replacing the toilet paper holder and towel rack/hooks too.

11) Get the windows cleaned.

12) The final once-over. You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to step back and admire your work. How does it look? Do you see anything that might distract or turn off a Buyer? Take one final walk through all the rooms and adjust as necessary.

13) Hire a REALTOR if you haven’t already hired someone, today is the day. A REALTOR will likely need two weeks to schedule and prepare the marketing. An experienced listing agent will also guide you through the home preparation and staging process, so you don’t have to do it alone.

14) Intimidated? Don’t be. I’ve helped clients accomplish everything on this list in as little as a couple weeks. If you’re in the market to sell, the sooner you hire a REALTOR to help, the better

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