Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Real Estate

Thinking about selling your home?   

In the current real estate market sellers will see more money in their pockets by doing some pre-listing work on their home both inside and out. Many of the maintenance items below you may already do however it is always a good idea to refresh yourself because the buyers or inspectors are looking. We think of staging a home by moving furniture however minimizing your personal belonging and packing away items you are not using is equally important.  I tell my seller to think of a hotel room when staging.  Make your home feel peaceful and neutral so the buyers can picture themselves in the home, not look at your old family pictures because they do!  A painting contractor, landscaper and cleaning company will all help you with the work if you are looking for help.

l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.

l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.

l Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.

l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.

l Wash the windows inside and out.

l Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.

l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.

l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.

l Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.

l Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.

l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.

l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

l Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.

l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.