Clean the house thoroughly. Keeping it that way throughout the selling process is essential. Make the appliances shine, vacuum and shampoo the carpets and polish the floors. Dust the house and make sure to get rid of any flies or moths in lighting fixtures. Clean the windows inside and out.
Remove any clutter from your home. Keeping the kitchen spotless includes removing any unnecessary items from the counter tops.
Tidy up your closets. Take out the clothes in your closets that you do not wear often so that they do not appear full. Removing any extra furniture and pictures from the room will help as well.
Remove any personal items from site. This is important because you are selling the house and not yourself. By doing so, you are visually expanding the rooms in your home.
Fix the little things. If there are any items in your house that are not in perfect working order, it will be a good idea to get those fixed. Do it right and don’t cut corners. Buyers can pickup on cheap fixes.
- Tighten or repair any loose knobs, sticky doors and windows.
- If there are any light switches that do not work, make sure they are repaired.
- Make sure the caulking and grout in the bathrooms are good and that there are no leaky faucets.
- Replace any burned out light bulbs.
Some things to consider repairing/improving. These would be to apply a fresh coat of paint that is neutral in color and enhances the details of the decor. The fresh smell of paint implies cleanliness. Make sure not to forget to touch up interior trim.
- When showings are scheduled, it is always a good idea to leave the house. Go for a walk or out to eat. It is always best to leave the clients with their agent and not to interfere with them as they view your house. Being home can often hurt the selling opportunity.
- If you are selling a house that is somewhat vacant, it will be a good idea to stage the home by a professional stager. A great staging of the home can dramatically create an emotional statement.
Don't forget about the outside!
The most crucial thing is the “first impression” your home gives.
- Be sure to clean the front yard, trim any shrubbery, pull the weeds out of the flower beds, mow the lawn, rake any leaves and sweep the walkways. This will make your home appear at it’s best!
- Consider planting some flowers in the beds and pots to add color to the appearance.
- Repair any exterior trim, gutters, planters or mailbox. Make sure that nothing appears to be sagging or tilted.
- Make sure that the garage door is closed for showings. If you usually have extra cars in the driveway or parked in front, it would be a good idea to move those so they are not blocking the view of your house from the street. Also, hide the garbage bins.
Following these best practices will help ensure that you get the highest and best offer for your house when the time comes to sell! Contact us today for even more information on how selling your house can be made easy with our help.