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Preparing Your House For Sale
How Will Buyers See Your Property?
It is important for a property to make the best possible impression on prospective buyers.
Details make the difference.
First Focus On Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is your first chance to entice buyers. Focusing your efforts on the front of your house will assist in grabbing buyer's attention. It's true that first impressions are lasting, so be sure that your house creates a strong first impression. They call it curb appeal for a reason!
Here are some suggestions to increase the curb appeal of your house:
Mow, weed, trim and water your lawn regularly
Paint our thoroughly was the exterior of your house
Place a new welcome mat at the door
Make sure you can read your house address numbers
Was the windows so that are transparent
Remove extra vehicles from the driveway
Repair damaged screens and windows
Sweep the walkway and driveway as needed
Remove distracting lawn ornaments
Clean up after your pets on a daily basis
Repair any fence or gate
Make sure your roof and gutter are in good shape
Use plants and flowers to create an inviting and beautiful exterior
Hang a new wreath on the front door
Create Neutral And Welcoming Living Areas
Your house may fulfill all the criteria potential buyers want for location, price, style and amenities, but it still needs to make an emotional connection. Inspire buyers by creating scenarios where they can picture themselves. To do so, create a neutral slate using subtle colors in your entryway, living room, family room and dining room: eliminate excess personal memorabilia: and engage all of the sense with soft music, a warm fire and fresh flowers.
Here are a few ideas to make your place say, "Welcome, You're Home" to potential buyers:
Ensure a clean, organized entryway for appeal
Remove clutter such as stray newspapers and outdated magazines
Paint walls a neutral color scheme
Repair wall and ceiling cracks
Scrub and wax or seal floors
Make sure carpet is spotless and fresh smelling
Wipe down all light fixtures so that each room sparkles
Clean draperies and blinds
Scale back family photos to a few tastefully framed pictures
Rearrange furniture in the family room and living room for openness
Eliminate pet and smoking odors
Highlight The Kitchen And The Bathrooms
Two key areas that buyers tend to focus on are the kitchen and the bathrooms. A clean kitchen sends a positive message. And a beautiful bathroom is compelling. Many buyers prefer to buy a house classified as "move-in condition," so make sure you repair leaky faucets, remove rust stains and fix sticky drawers.
Here's what you can do to impress potential buyers:
Place seldom used small appliances in cupboards
Wipe down insides of drawers and install dividers
Make sure your mirrors and appliances shine
Inspect the cabinets and clear the countertops
Check for leaky faucets, and caulk sinks and tubs
Lay an open cookbook on the counter
In the bathroom, create a mini-spa with guest soaps, bath oils and thick towels
Repair missing grout and tiles
Deodorize garbage disposal, dishwasher and trash can
Focus On The Bedrooms, The Basement And The Backyard
Turn your attention to the rest of the house. Take a close look at the bedrooms, basement and the backyard. And remember to inspect the garage, shop and laundry room. These often overlooked areas can impress potential buyers, setting your house apart from the competition.
A clean house sends a positive message that you also took care of major items such as the roof and the furnace.
Here are a few items to pay special attention to:
Vacuum under the beds
Place a scented candle on the nightstand, and fold a quilt at the end of the bed
Put scented paper or sachets in closets
Beautify your entertainment center by adding a few books, art and pottery
Hang a picture in the laundry room
Wipe down the washer, dryer, furnace, water softener and other appliances
Put tools in bins in the garage or shop
Refresh patios by powerwashing and give wood decks a boost
Place lawn furniture and small tables in conversational groupings outside