The Keys to Preparing Your Home for Sale

First Impressions are lasting impressions.


Curb appeal increases interest in your property and entices potential buyers to want to see the inside. The first thing buyers see when they approach your home is the front door. It should be freshly painted. Door knobs and locks should be in good working order.
 

Your lawn & landscaping should be well manicured.


Walks and steps should be in good repair.
 

Let
 the sunshine
in!


creates an open, airy ambiance and makes rooms appear larger. Interior lighting adds warmth and exterior lights say "Welcome". Fill your home with light by opening up the curtains and turning on all interior lights. Replace all burned out light bulbs and repair defective switches. Properly working and clean windows and screens are a must.
 

Make up your beds every day.

All valuables should be stored out of site such as jewelry, wallets, and money. Keep cloths hung up or place in drawers. Store unused items neatly in a storage area. Keep closet neatly organized and uncluttered for the appearance of size.
 

Organize and clean cabinets, drawers and medicine cabinets.


Keep all medicines out of sight and tightly sealed in their containers. Mirrors, sinks, tubs, shower doors, and tile should shine. Keep all personal items under the sink or in the linen closet. All clothing should be in the laundry basket or hung up. Display matching towel sets.
 
Clean appliances inside and out.

Make sure all appliances are in working order. Unclutter counter tops and refinish or repair if they are in poor condition or outdated. A truly immaculate kitchen is impressive to buyers. Don't forget the pantry and laundry room. Garbage should be placed in outdoor receptacles daily to prevent smells from lingering in the home.
 

All flooring should be cleaned, rugs if worn replaced


with light neutral colors. Hardwood floors should be cleaned or refinished.
 

White reflects light and makes a home appears bigger and brighter


White walls also provide a clean canvas for the new buyer to decorate as they wish. If wall are already neutral, make sure they are clean , especially light switches.
 

Keep Family and pets out of the way during showings.


If the potential purchasers are uneasy around your pet, they will not want to stay, or they may otherwise be distracted. In either case, they are not focused on your home. Your presence may make them feel they are intruding and keep them from speaking freely with their salesperson.
 

Garages should be sweep, organized and as much clutter as possible stored or disposed of.



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