Before you put your home on the market, there are some things you can do to differentiate your house from the competition.
When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the exterior. If the outside, or “curb appeal” looks good, potential buyers will more than likely want to see what´s on the inside. Keep the lawn and landscape nicely manicured. Trim the bushes and, season permitting, plant some flowers. Be sure your front door area has a “Welcome” feeling. Sweep away those relentless cobwebs. A fresh coat of paint on the front door looks great.
Of all the rooms inside your home, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free. A fresh coat of paint just may do the trick. Have any leaky faucets taken care of. A call to a plumber is a wise investment. Since you want your home to look as spacious as possible, remove any excess or very large furniture.
Clean or replace dirty or worn carpets.
Make sure that tabletops, dressers and closets are free of clutter. Resist the urge to use your garage, attic, or basement to store these extra things. These areas also need to have the impression of space. Put the items in storage.
Make sure walls and doors are free of smudges and look for anything that might indicate a maintenance problem, such as cracked windows, holes in the wall or stained ceilings. Have any of these conditions taken care of as if you were to be the new homeowner.
Quick tips for showing:
- Keep counter tops cleared
- Make the beds
- Open all drapes and blinds, turn on lights
- Put pets in crates or take them to a neighbor
- Clean up the dishes
- Set out “show towels” in baths
- Put on soft music
- Burn wood in the fireplace on cold days, otherwise, the fireplace should be clean
Always look at your home from the buyer’s point of view. Be objective and honest.
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