Is Your Home Ready to Sell?
First Impressions Matter. People usually decide within minutes whether they like your house. Good rules to follow are: clean up, invest in cosmetic changes to improve perceived value, and avoid major changes unless it will increase the value of your home more than the cost of the improvement.
Clean up, Fix up, Paint up Outside:
- Invest in landscaping. Manicure the lawn, trim the shrubs, sweep the walks, and add some blooming plants.
- Paint your house if necessary. If not, consider touching up the front door, the front shutters and window frames.
- Inspect the roof and gutters. Replace missing shingles. Repair gutters.
- Consider putting potted flowers outside the front door.
- Consider painting the front door.
- Repair broken steps, screens, etc…
- Clean cabinet fronts and replace drawer liners.
- Clean the ventilating
- If the floor is badly worn, put down new Replace loose tiles.
- Remove any appliances that you keep on the counters.
- Repair dripping faucets.
- Keep fresh towels in the bathroom.
- Remove stains from the toilets, bathroom tubs, sinks and shower.
- Unclog any slow drains.
- Check ceilings for leak stains. Fix the cause, repair the ceiling, and paint.
- Replace faded window treatments and bedspreads.
- If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay some logs in it.
- Wash windows.
- Replace broken glass.
- Replace torn screens.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- Make sure every light switch works. Clean the switch plates!
- Make the floors shine; clean and polish them.
- Straighten up the closets– get rid of excess items. Use air freshener.
Attic and Garage:
- Clean out attic and garage. Dispose of things you won’t keep. Box everything you won’t need.
- Clean and de-grease the garage floor.
- Make sure the light works in the attic and repair the stairs, if needed.
- If you park your car in the garage – keep it clean.