Preparing Your Home To Sell


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Preparing Your Home To Sell

  2. 2. Your Home Is One of Your Most Valuable Assets <ul><li>Experts Say Most Buyers Make Their Decision At First Sight </li></ul><ul><li>Walk Across The Street and View Your Home With A Critical Eye </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What Do You See? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is Your Lawn Green and Manicured And Free of Weeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is Your Landscaping Up To Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If not, Trim Bushes and Shrubs, refresh mulch and stones </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Outdoors <ul><li>Power wash Your Windows, Siding, Deck, Fences and Walk-ways if Needed </li></ul><ul><li>Look up at Your Roof, Does it Show Signs of Wear and Tear – Consider Having it Inspected by a Qualified Roofer </li></ul><ul><li>Does Your Front Door and Trim Need a Fresh Coat of Paint </li></ul><ul><li>Are The Screens on the Doors and Windows in Good Condition, if not, Repair or Replace </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Adding Plants in Pots To Add Color Splash and Pizzazz To Your Front Porch/Entranceway </li></ul><ul><li>Hang a Wreath or Plaque On The Front Door To Welcome Guests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Sure To Have a Clean Welcome Mat as Well </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>Driveway </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Up Grease and Oil Spots </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Refinishing if Time and Money Permit </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Park Cars, Recreational Vehicles or Boats in Front of Your Home or In Your Driveway </li></ul><ul><li>Put Trash Cans and Recycling Bins Out of Sight </li></ul><ul><li>Make Sure All Toys and Bikes Are Put Away </li></ul>
  5. 7. Garage <ul><li>It’s Hard to Evaluate The Potential of a Garage if it is Filled to Overflowing </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Renting a Storage Space and Removing Clutter </li></ul><ul><li>Make Sure Your Garage Door Operates Smoothly </li></ul><ul><li>If You Have “Auto-Reverse”, Make Sure it is Working Properly </li></ul><ul><li>If You Have an Automatic Garage Door Opener and/or a Keyless Entry Pad Make Sure It Too Is in Good Working Order </li></ul>
  6. 8. Basement <ul><li>As with your Garage, Less is More </li></ul><ul><li>So, it’s time for that Yard Sale </li></ul><ul><li>Buyers Should be able to Walk the Perimeter of your Basement to Check out the Walls (If your Basement is not Finished) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Easy Access to the Water Meter and Electrical Box </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Dry locking your Walls and Floors if you have Water Penetration </li></ul>
  7. 11. Flooring <ul><li>Replace Missing or Damaged Pieces of Tile, hardwood flooring, or vinyl </li></ul><ul><li>Repair Loose Stair Treads or Loose Carpeting </li></ul><ul><li>Steam Clean Soiled Carpeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If Pet Odors Are Present, Clean The Carpeting With a Pet Deodorizer </li></ul></ul>
  8. 12. Lights <ul><li>Have Good Bulbs In Every Light Socket, Both Inside and Out </li></ul><ul><li>Repair or Replace Wall Switches, Outlets and Light Fixtures That Don’t Work </li></ul><ul><li>All Codes Now Require GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Type Outlets near Water Both Inside and Out </li></ul><ul><li>Make Sure the Lamp, Radio, or any Appliance Plugged Into An Outlet works </li></ul>
  9. 13. Kitchen <ul><li>Most Buyers Take a Long Hard Look at The Kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>Polish Cabinet Doors and Clean The Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Dishes From The Dishwasher </li></ul><ul><li>Countertops – Remove All Items Not Used Daily </li></ul><ul><li>Refrigerator- Remove All Magnets and Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Do You Have a Pantry – Declutter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 of Shelves Should be Bare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider Buying Storage Containers For a Cleaner Look </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Your Cabinets and Drawers (Most Buyers Do This) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove Clutter and Straighten Up Dishes and Utensils </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clean Your Oven Inside and Out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t Forget Your Oven Range Hood or Microwave </li></ul></ul>
  10. 18. Dining/Living/Family Rooms <ul><li>Family Photos – Consider Removing – Buyers will stop and Gaze At Photos and Miss Your Home’s Best Features – One or Two Photos are Fine Per Room </li></ul><ul><li>Fireplaces – if Wood burning Remove Old Logs and Clean </li></ul><ul><li>Living Room/Family Room/Den </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Straighten Up Pictures on The Walls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjust Sofa Cushions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dining Room Table </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange an Inviting Centerpiece </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider Setting The Table With Your Fine China and Linens </li></ul></ul>
  11. 23. Bedrooms <ul><li>Make Beds and Put Clothes Away </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Loose Change and Personal Items like Jewelry From Dressers and Night Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Take a Look Inside Your Closets – Haven’t Worn That Leisure Suit in a While- Time to Declutter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove at Least 1/3 of Clothes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove All Unnecessary Items From The Floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Straighten Up the Shelves </li></ul></ul>
  12. 26. Bathrooms <ul><li>Is Your Tile and Grout in Need of Repair </li></ul><ul><li>Do you Have any Leaking Faucets or Running Toilets </li></ul><ul><li>Put Out Clean Hand Towels, Fresh Soap and Soap Dish </li></ul><ul><li>Put AWAY Toothpaste, Creams, Toothbrushes, and Make Up </li></ul><ul><li>Declutter the Linen Closet and Medicine Cabinets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Sure All Prescription Medicines Are Out of Sight </li></ul></ul>
  13. 29. Misc <ul><li>Consider Having Your Furnace, Central Air and Hot Water Heater Serviced Right Before Putting Your Home Up For Sale </li></ul><ul><li>A Fresh Coat of Paint Does Wonders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep It Neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider Repainting If You Have Bold Colors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove Outdated Wallpaper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When In Doubt Hire a Professional Stager </li></ul>