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Getting Your Home Ready For Sale

As the market slows, more homes will linger on the market and buyers will have more choices. It has never been more imperative that sellers take extra care to make their house as appealing as possible to buyers, and to price it correctly for a fast sale.

Suggestions to point you in the direction of fair market value: Get an appraisal and have an inspection done. Marilyn can suggest professionals who will do this at your home.

Looking Over and Preparing Your House

Check out the exterior… does your garden look superb? Does it need new plantings, more mulch, tree trimming? Both back and front should look as pretty, neat and appealing as possible. Look carefully at your roof to see if it needs repair or replacement. Will a new coat of paint on the exterior make your house shine?

Your house will appeal to more of today's buyers who want upgrades if your kitchen has wood, granite and stainless steel appliances. If not, perhaps a new neutral colored coat of paint, new hardware and any necessary fixup will help. Check out the bathrooms in the same way. Perhaps a new sink, either a simple pedestal sink or a more decorative sink that is a piece of furniture will change and update the whole look. Polish up your kitchen and all of your bathrooms to shine.

As an experienced real estate agent, I understand buyer expectations in our local area, and I can advise you specifically on which improvements need to be made and which improvements will get you the highest return on your investment. I can also recommend the best professionals to help you get those improvements done.

As the old adage goes, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." Nowhere is this more true than with home sales. Strong curb appeal can go a long way toward making your property most appealing. A decorative paver driveway is an advantage. A power wash may be in order for a cement driveway, patio in back, and also for your roof.

Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling and fix them now, BEFORE an inspection. Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint and have them scraped and painted.
Have gutters cleaned and aligned. Do the top of your baseboards need caulking, or is it needed around the windows?
Close your garage door and keep it closed but be sure the floor has been painted if it is not tiled or carpeted, and the interior is neat and clean.

Now that you have made a favorable impression on potential buyers with your beautiful curb appeal, don't disappoint with the interior. A few simple "touches" and "polishes" will again translate into favorable impressions and higher offers. To enhance your house's interior, check the following and make changes as indicated:
Thoroughly clean every room in every nook and cranny, and remove all clutter, including excess children's toys as if pictures are being taken of your house for Architectural Digest magazine. Make arrangements to have a professional cleaning service come in every 1-2 weeks while the house is on the market.
Items you rarely use, but intend to keep, should be packed up and moved offsite… a good move towards de-cluttering so buyers will see how spacious your house is.
If rooms will shine with a new coat of paint, use neutral colors as bright colors may not be attractive to some prospective buyers. Any new floor coverings should also be neutral. Remove all personal photos and other personal items so that buyers can picture their own belongings in your property and not be distracted.
Check for and replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork
Inspect and repair your plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems
Repair dripping faucets and showerheads Buy and display showy, new towels in the bathroom(s) and kitchen

Bonus Tip #1:
The fewer belongings in your house and garage, the larger your space will look. Consider renting off-site storage for extra belongings while your house is on the market. Remember, buyers will also ask to see your garage. Stuffing the garage to the rafters will only give buyers the impression that the house is too small for the average family.

Bonus Tip #2:
Hold your moving sale BEFORE you put your house on the market.

Bonus Tip #3:
Many home shows on TV are dedicated to getting homes ready for sale. One favorite is HGTV's Designed To Sell. Check out a couple of these informative and entertaining programs.

Need more tips on getting your home ready for sale? Please contact me.

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