Preparing your Home for Sale
Following these steps to prepare your home for sale, will be worth every moment and penny spent.
Step 1 - Cleaning
When was the last time you cleaned under the furniture (possibly when you were looking for the TV remote) or cleaned under the appliances in the kitchen and even the laundry room?
Buyers are impressed with the cleanliness of a home. It gives them the feeling that this home has been well cared for and maintained. So pull out a bucket and some rags and an old tooth brush and clean all the nooks and cranies that don't normally get that special attend when doing your daily or weekly house cleaning. That means the low spots like baseboards, corners where the mop doesn't reach, door trim, near the door handles. Dust across the top of the doorways (if there's trim moulding), the top side of the ceiling fans and light fixtures (check for cobwebs). Clean windows inside and out. Nothing like looking through a clean window to the gorgeous landscaping or mountain views.
Step 2 - Maintenance & Repairs
Go through your home like a buyer would. That leaky faucet you've been meaning to fix or the creeky door, squeeky floorboard or loose tile will inevitably be discovered during the home inspection. Is there an old stain on the ceiling from a past water leak that's been fixed. (You should never hide an issue such as an existing leak and all issues are to be disclosed or take the risk of being sued.) Make sure outlets, light & fan switches work properly. Check for leaky pipes under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. The toilet and shower areas are important too. Getting rid of hard water stains around the faucet and the toilet bowl ring are important. I discovered an easy way to remove them without chemicals. Call me and I'll let you in on my secret.
Step 3 - Staging your home
Have you ever walked into a model home and thought, WOW!? You can make your home have that model look by removing excess furniture and items from each room. Pack up the items you won't need for the next few months. Clear out closets. (This is the perfect time to get rid of items you won't need or no longer have use for. Resale shops or donation locations will sometimes arrange a pick up.) Remove family photos, religous symbols and any other items that may prevent a potential buyer from envisioning themselves living in the home.
Bring the outside in - Fresh flowers or quality silk plants distributed around the house can bring signs of life to any room.
Refrain from using scented candles, incense and artificial air fresheners. They can be too strong for some people and it can make them wonder what odors you're trying to cover up.
Already moved out? A vacant home looks spacious but has no emotional attachment. You don't have to over do it. A few simple pieces of furiture, a table with flowers, an area rug with a chair or two or some small decorative items can make a difference. It is a proven fact that staged homes sell faster and for more money. Another option is a professional stager. This will set you back a few bills but it may be well worth it.
Have you ever had 5 boxes that all say "Kitchen" but don't remember exactly what's in each one of them . . . Only to open them all and still not find what you're looking for.
Get a notebook and some boxes. Number each box. In the notebook, list the articles that you place in that box, then seal it up. You may also write which room it generally goes in but when it comes to finding the can opener, you can read the list and know exactly which box it's in.
Keep the phone numbers for the utility companies handy since you'll need to call them about a week before closing to have the final meter read and the bill forwarded to your new address. These can be done online now so your phone or computer works just fine.
Are you moving with pets? Pets can get anxious and confused about moving. You may want to find a friend or neighbor to keep them the day you move. If you're moving across the country, that won't be possible so a proper fitting crate if necessary, favorite toys, blanket and a bone or two to keep them occupied and comfortable until the commotion settles. When you get to your new home, walk them around on a leash when you arrive, let them get familiar with their new home. Walk them around the neighborhood so they know where their new home is in case they run off. Hopefully they won't escape before that!
Upon leaving one residence and moving into another, you may need or want to make some changes. Need a painter, plumber, electrician, landscaper? I have a list of many service providers that I have worked with in the past and trust. If you ever need a recommendation, don't hesitate to call.
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