Selling Your Home
Sometimes, life just hands us the inevitable: just when everything seems right with your house, something happens, and you have to sell your home. No matter what your reasons are for selling, remember that now is no time to dawdle, the process of preparing a home for sale can take months or more. We will give you a list of particular things we feel you should address before going on the market (so you can shine online). However, somethings we just consider universal truths!
Go outside and stand in front of your house as though seeing it for the first time. This is the first impression the buyer will have and as the old saying goes…You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!
Trees and bushes should be trimmed so the house is visible from the street.
Lawn edged and mowed.
All beds weeded and mulched.
Sweep the walkways
Exterior of the house power washed if needed.
Front door painted and new hardware.
Place potted plants by the front door area for added color.
Buy a new welcome mat.
Buyers feel the outside of the house is a good indication of what to expect on the inside. Don’t give them anything to complain about before they walk through the door!
One of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to update your home is with a fresh coat of paint. Use a neutral color palette with broad consumer appeal (think Pottery Barn). If your paint is chipped or faded or you have strong/unusual colors, you should paint. A new coat of paint throughout the house makes everywhere seem fresh and clean.
The same goes for your carpets. If they are worn, stained or different colors you should give serious consideration to cleaning/ re-carpeting.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness… and a super clean and tidy house sells faster and nets more. Buyers are put off by lack of cleanliness and/or odors. Make sure the house is squeaky clean and any pet, baby or smoke odors are eliminated. Wash windows inside and out. Get rid of any junk now, it will make the house seem larger. Declutter, if you have a lot of STUFF, start boxing up those items you want to take with you but don’t really need for the time being. The less of your stuff the buyer has to look at the better opportunity for them to envision their stuff in the house.
If it’s broken, fix it!
Unless you are prepared to significantly compromise on price, fix what you already know is broken. If a light bulb is burned out, replace it. If the faucet is dripping, repair it. Pay attention to the details and they will pay you back. Don’t give the buyer an opportunity to think anything but the best about your home and the way it is maintained.
- Wendy Rossetter
- Sean Pologruto