18 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

April 11, 2018

Fix and decorate for a quick sale. Why try to tell the prospects how your home could look when you can show them before hand?


1. First impressions are lasting!

The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is fresh, clean, and paint the trim.


2. Keep lawn trimmed and edged and the yard free of refuse.

Reseed the lawn and fertilize if necessary, weed the gardens and add mulch. Deep green grass makes a lasting impression. In winter, be sure snow and ice are removed from walks and steps.



3. Neutral colors.

An investment in neutral new kitchen paint will pay dividends.



4. Let the sun shine in.

Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful you home can be. Dark rooms have less appeal.



5. Do the windows look good?

Have the windows spotless.

6. How about the appliances?

Are the appliances operating properly and sparkling?



7. Fix the faucet!

Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.



8. It’s the little things.

Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and window, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have them fixed.



9. Clean from top to bottom.

Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles,



10. Organize.

Pack excess linens and clothing to make closets look bigger. Neat, well-ordered closets show that space is ample.



11. Bathrooms help sell homes.

Check and repair grout in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle.



12. Arrange bedrooms neatly.

Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and fresh looking window coverings.



13. Know your market!

Am I familiar with similar homes on the market that I may be competing against?


14. And your place in it!

Have I asked my REALTOR® for a list of ways I can improve the “Marketability” of my home without wasting time and money.



15. Can you see the light?

Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a glowing evening when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.



16. Be prepared for the buyer’s demands.

Am I ready to disclose any structural defects such as roof, foundation or wiring problems?



17. Where do we go now?

Have I started looking for my new home? Do I know what I want in another home?



18. Call those movers.

What do I need to do to prepare for my upcoming move?


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