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Prepare to Sell

You can do a lot to increase the appeal of your property and to create a lasting impact on potential buyers.

What To Do To Prepare:

The following are simple yet critical steps to keep in mind when preparing your property for sale:

1. Curb Appeal.

When you think about first impressions for your property you must think of “Curb Appeal”.  Keeping your landscape pristine, and adding creative touches to your yard, such as colorful annuals, will create an immediate impact on potential buyers.  The fastest way to freshen up your landscaping is new mulch. Spread a layer of it all throughout your landscaped areas. This is inexpensive and requires very little time commitment.  Be sure to trim any overgrown bushes and clean up all outdoor space.

2. Property Repairs and Updates.

Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, replacing light bulbs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property.  Consider updating out dated fixtures such and lighting or light switch covers.  When painting remember that neutral colors are the best way to appeal to the greatest amount of buyers.

3. Cleanliness and Staging.

Keep your property uncluttered, sweet-smelling and well-lit from top-to-bottom. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers near the entryway, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned.  A clean house gives the impression that the property has been well maintained and is easy to move into.  Real estate agents often refer to a homes’ “natural light”.  Be sure to have your windows clean and the window coverings open to allow as much light as possible.  Remember to remove the personal items.  If necessary, rent a storage unit to help declutter. Take out all evidence that you even live there and you will be on the right track. It will also help you to emotionally detach from your home and to start thinking of it as someone else’s. When a buyer has to ask if someone lives in your home, you have done your job.

Don’t forget to clean the exterior of the house as well.  If you have exterior paint that is in need of restoration, take the time to work on it as well. This includes mailbox posts, fences, storage sheds, house siding, and trim work. The exterior of your home needs to look well maintained to encourage a good offer from a buyer.

4. Inspections.

What about a doing a home inspection before going on the market.  Sure, it may cost you some money out of pocket, but that is money that you will most likely be spending anyway. Buyer’s will second guess a house if the inspection report is loaded with issues. A home inspection could suggest home improvement measures that are needed before placing your property on the market.

5. Showtime.

Presenting your property to potential buyers is a job that the real estate agent will take care of for you. Buyers feel more comfortable discussing the property with the agent, if you are not there. Moreover, your agent will know what information will be most useful in representing your interests when speaking with prospective buyers.