Preparing Your Home To Sell
Tips to enhance your home’s exterior and CURB APPEAL. This is the ‘first impression’ of your home so make it a good one!
- Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered and don’t forget to weed flowerbeds and prune overgrown trees.
- Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
- Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint, sand down and touch up any warn areas.
- Clean and align gutters and downspouts.
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
- In winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
- During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
- If you have a garage, keep the door closed.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
Tips to enhance your home’s Interior appeal:
- CLEAN every room in the house so it not only smells fresh but looks fresh and bright. Hiring a professional cleaning service may be a good investment for home owners who are busy elsewhere.
- REMOVE CLUTTER, even it means renting a storage garage, this helps create a space that is sleeker and appears more spacious. Let people imagine how they would decorate your home with their possessions.
- NEUTRALIZE your space. Consider painting over soiled or strongly coloured walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. Reduce your personal collections of photographs and store any religious or political objects out of site.
- KITCHENS are one of the most important rooms for most prospective purchasers. Remove items that are less frequently used from the kitchen counters. Consider baking foods that leave a pleasant aroma in the kitchen. Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.
- BATHROOMS need to sparkle before a prospective buyer views your home. Minimize on personal products, hide them in a box out of site during showings. Place a nice new matching set of ‘show’ towels out. Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
- FIX IT UP! Complete any unfinished work in the house, check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement. Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.