Preparing to Sell Your Home

Preparing your home for sale

Please remember, that you only get one chance to make a first impression- and first impressions count! In all my years of experience, I have seen how preparation makes such an impact on both days on the market and price. Let me guide you through this process:

Curb Appeal

  • Trim trees and shrubs, clean out flower beds and invest in a few flats of seasonal flowers
  • Paint the front door, make sure the doorbell works properly, was the mailbox, keep the porch swept and get an attractive mat for people to wipe their feet on

Absolute Basics

  • Odor Control – start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor, especially those caused by animals, soiled diapers, cigarettes and strong cooking spices
  • Wash all the windows inside and out
  • Professionally clean the carpets and ensure that bare floors are waxed or polished
  • Put bright light bulbs in every socket made for a bulb to ensure a bight and cheery atmosphere
  • Clean out closets, cabinets and drawers. Remove items off of the floors and make sure that shelving is clean and organized
  • Make sure rooms are not overcrowded with furniture. Select pieces that look best and store the rest
  • Keep the kitchen sparkling clean including appliances, cupboards and remove clutter from counter tops
  • Bathtubs, showers and sinks should be freshly caulked. Grout should be clean and in good condition. Fix any leaks to faucets or traps
  • The pool needs to be sparkling and free of leaves

Showing Your Home

  • Always leave your home knowing that it is going to be shown
  • Keep good scents in the house
  • Turn off the television
  • Keep pets out of the way – preferably out of the house. Many people are uncomfortable around some animals or may be allergic to them
  • LEAVE YOUR PREMISES. Buyers are intimidated when sellers are present and tend to hurry through the house. Let the buyer be at ease and let the agents do their job.