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Preparng Your Home For Sale.
A house that "sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than its
shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well-maintained. From
experience, REALTORS® also know that a "well-polished" house appeals
to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price.
Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for
home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can't see has
probably also been maintained.
In readying your house for sale, consider:
- How Much You Should Spend;
- The Exterior "Curb Appeal"; and
- Preparing the Interior
How Much Should You Spend
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as
possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they
aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a
big difference between making minor and inexpensive "polishes" and
"touch-ups" to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a
fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and
costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Your REALTOR®, who is
familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood, can advise you
specifically on what improvements need to be made.
Don't hesitate to ask for advice.
The Exterior "Curb Appeal"
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary
(and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior
Enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal by:
- Keeping the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly;
- Trimming hedges, weeding lawns and flowerbeds, and pruning trees
- Checking the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for
cracks and crumbling;
- Inspecting doors and windows for peeling paint;
- Cleaning and aligning gutters;
- Inspecting and cleaning the chimney;
- Repairing and replacing loose or damaged roof shingles;
- Repairing and repainting loose siding and caulking;
- During winter keep all 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;
- Re-sealing an asphalt driveway;
- Keeping your garage door closed;
- Storing RVs or old and beaten up teens' cars elsewhere while the
house is on the market; and
- Applying a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
Preparing the Interior
Enhance your home’s interior by:
- Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as
removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger
and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have actually
rented storage garages and moved half of their furniture out,
creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
- Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks
while the house is on the market. This may be a good investment for
owners who are busy elsewhere.
- Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from
kitchen counters, closets, and attics, making these areas much more
inviting. Since you're anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage
sale at this point is a great idea.
- If necessary, repainting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls
with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same
neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
- Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic
- Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard,
wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
- Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other
- Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and
- Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads.
- Buying showy new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only
when prospective buyers are on the way.
- Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by
investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral
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