A Guide to Selling
An attractive exterior is the key to bringing most prospective buyers to your doorstep. Some keys to improve your home's 'curb appeal' are:
- Keep the lawn trimmed and fertilized.
- Keep shrubs trimmed, also mulch or decorative stone might help.
- Weed flower beds and add charm by putting a flower in a pot by the door.
- Remove oil stains from driveway.
- Clean and straighten sagging gutters.
- Remove worn or warped shingles.
Start with a complete spring cleaning. Sort out items no longer needed. Hold a yard sale to convert these items into cash for repairs if needed.
- Sweep garage and basement floors.
- Wash windows.
- Clean and neatly arrange closets and cabinets.
- Keep kitchen appliances clean; a clean oven is a plus.
- Wash walls and woodwork.
- Tile, grout, and shower doors should be free of soap film.
- Clear off countertops to make the kitchen look spacious and neat.
- Remove old newspapers and magazines from site.
To attain top-dollar, try these simple decorating tips:
- A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color.
- Re-stain or paint chipped woodwork.
- Replace torn or soiled wallpaper, carpeting, or draperies (neutral colors).
- Flowers make your home more attractive.
- Adjust your window treatments to allow maximum light into rooms.
- A seasonal door decoration adds warmth to a home.
- A new shower curtain can perk up a bathroom.
- Remove all 'clutter' from shelves and tables.
Minor defects suggest neglect to a buyer. These flaws, if repaired, reassure potential buyers as to the overall good condition of the home.
- Check windows for proper working order.
- Fix leaky faucets & toilets.
- Make sure closet & cabinet doors close properly.
- Adjust overhead garage doors to ensure proper fit.
- Visually inspect central heating, air conditioning, and water heater.
- Touch up paint, repair chipped plaster and nail holes.
- Check doorbell to ensure proper working order.
- Badly scratched hardwood floor should be polished or refinished.
- Replace light bulbs and clean fixtures.
- Lubricate squeaky doors.
First impressions are crucial. Pretend you're a buyer seeing your home for the first time. Look for the obvious things.
- Put out a doormat.
- Remove all clutter and children's toys from walkways.
- Make beds.
- Put a fresh tablecloth on the dining room table.
- Use soft lighting to create a welcome atmosphere.
- Turn on soft music; turn off the television.
- Remove all signs of a pet.
- Avoid unpleasant cooking odors.
- Place private papers and jewelry out of sight.