It is imperative that your home has the best FIRST IMPRESSION the first day it is listed for sale. When entering the property, most people have a feeling as to whether they could see themselves living in your home. Of course, you loved your home. You created your memories in your home. Now you are hoping someone will see what you felt when you bought your home so that they can decide this is the home for them. Best practices are to have all personal items removed to leave as clean a slate for the new owner to envision their style and taste. People are always attracted to homes with a clean, fresh smell and free from clutter. A few tips below:
Get Your Home Ready To Sell
l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.
l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls, and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.
l Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.
l If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.
l Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.
l Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.
l Wash the windows inside and out.
l Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
l Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.
l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
l Repair cracks, holes, and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings, and woodwork.
l Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
l Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
l Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.
l Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
l Make sure every light switch works.
l Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.
l Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains. Toilet seats down.
l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
l Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
l Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
l Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
l Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
l Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons, and skateboards in the garage.
l Play pleasant music at low volume.