Preparing Your Home For Sale
When your home is for sale, it's often more than just the purchase price and location that will make or break a deal. Making your home look its very best and presenting it as a desirable place to live is also very important.
I can give you an objective opinion of what you need to do, with my experience and knowledge, I can identify problems and suggest improvements. In most cases, I will not suggest major renovations; a few minor repairs here and there and a thorough cleaning are usually all that are required.
Cleaning up the homestead
Virtually all buyers are on the lookout for one thing -- a clean home. Many will simply walk away if a home looks uncared for and, at the very least, an untidy home will fetch a lower selling price. Ensure your home is spotless and free of clutter. The two most important rooms in a buyer's mind are the kitchen and the bathroom. Pay particular attention to these areas -- they should sparkle and shine.
There are certain items that must be repaired if there are problems. A leaky roof, for example, must be fixed. Any electrical problems will have to be addressed. Furnaces, water heaters and plumbing also fall into this category.
Other areas may not need major repairs but will need attention. These can include leaky faucets, holes in window screens and any broken glass, etc. If some of your walls are too dirty to come clean, you may wish to consider a paint job. Carpets and rugs should also be clean and in good condition.
Outside and in
Take a close look at the state of your yard. If you are showing your home in the summer, trees and shrubs should be pruned and your lawn kept neat. Rake leaves regularly in the fall, and in the winter, ensure the walks and driveway are kept clear of any snow or ice.
To renovate or not to renovate
Usually, most renovations do not translate into an increase in selling price of more than the cost of the renovations themselves. Painting, wallpapering and modest landscape improvements usually recover their costs, but major projects such as new patios or add-ons rarely do. However, newly renovated kitchens, bathrooms, appliances and new flooring will increase the value of the home.
Creating Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is that certain something about your home that catches the eye of the passer-by and makes them want to take a closer look. If you're selling your home, curb appeal can quickly draw prospective buyers in for the first time. Without it, buyers may pass up on the chance to see inside and will miss what might have been the perfect home for them.
Keep your lawns neatly trimmed and edged. Trim trees and shrubbery to get rid of overhanging branches that might obscure a potentially good view of your home or pathway leading to the front door. Turn over the soil in your flowerbeds. If there's little color in your front garden, make a splash with a display of inexpensive annuals, flower boxes and wooden tubs. Clay and plastic posts can also be filled with flowers and small shrubs and displayed in the yard or by the front entrance to give the feel of a warm welcome.
Birdhouses and feeders, dried flower wreaths and hanging baskets on the front porch can give your home countryside curb appeal. Keep your porch, driveway, and front yard clutter free. Remove garbage bins as soon as possible after pick-up, and avoid any build-up of junk mail.
Repair or replace broken steps or walkways. You might be used to the uneven paving or rickety stairs outside your home, but they could be hazardous to visitors, as well as unsightly. Your home's roof, chimney and exterior should look well taken care of.
A good spruce-up can make a big difference
If painting is unnecessary, your home will still benefit from a good spruce-up. Wash down window frames and clean your windows to make them sparkle. Scrub the front door and polish the house numbers, letterbox, doorknob and knocker. Open blinds, curtains or shutters to give your home an inviting, welcoming look.
These are just a sample of some of the ways you can create curb appeal.
Moving up or down
If you are selling your home because you need more space with a growing family, or if you plan on downsizing now that the kids have left home or you want less work, I can help with quick access to the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), I can provide you with list of homes for sale that meet your needs and your budget.