Seller spring into step…
By: Wendy Lee
With the moderately warmer weather, we have had this winter, the spring selling market is in full effect. Buyers are looking for a home that will offer them the best features and price, so presentation is key so get your home ready to market. Please use these tips to whip your home into spotless shape and woo potential buyers.
Improve your Landscaping
Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home’s lawn is presentable. Mow the lawn, trim your hedges, plant full bloom flowers, and add colorful much.
Clean the Outside
An un-kept exterior will make buyers think you’ve slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean up and out the gutters and pressure wash your home’s siding or brick. Repair or replace any broken windows and torn screens.
Invitation to Enter.
Make sure the front door is inviting. Replace with a nice painted door if needed. Also, replace any outdated exterior lighting fixtures. Buy new house numbers if the old ones are dated or faded. Buy a nice welcome home mat.
In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects a leaky roof or possible water seepage that could discourage buyers. Making any necessary repairs then buyers don’t have to add that to their mental list of post-purchase expenses. There are other house(s) they could be considering that may not need any repairs. Remember it is not just about your house but the other competitive homes in the marketplace.
Spotless is Sexy
Buyers look for a detailed clean home top to bottom.
Clean the grout. Scour those bathtubs and shower doors, no hard water stains, please. Don’t forget to Windex those mirrors and windows. Put all of your toiletries away. Bedrooms
Use neutral linens, make sure they are clean and neat. Wipe down the windows and window ledges. Dust all of your furniture. Hardwood floors should be shiny. Carpet spot-treated.
Clean your refrigerator and stove. Clear all food and excessive small appliances off the countertops and kitchen table. Make sure you wash all of your dishes and put them away. You do not want the buyer to feel the kitchen space is too small or there is not enough counter space. If not enough counter space, might I suggest purchasing a mobile cart so you can use that to show that there are other ways to gain counter space? Keep your cabinets clean.
Remove Clutter and Depersonalize
Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Eliminate any personalized trinkets – clutter can coast your sale. Sloppy does not sell. Move out large chunky pieces of furniture. Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear as large as possible. Minimal magnifies.
Organize Closets and Drawers
Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn’t have enough storage space. Please do not just throw things in your closets cabinets, buyers need to know that the storage is sufficient…
Naturally Neutral Works
You might like your colorful home, but it may completely deter buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Eliminate Bad Odors
Hide the litter box, power wash the basement floors if you have big dogs. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by diffusing essential oils or light a really fresh candle.
Wow, that is a long list. You can always ask your realtor to walk through your home and work with you to create a to do list. Good luck and happy selling.