Here are some tips to help you increase the desirability of your property for online views, potential buyers, and help you sell at the highest and best price, in the least amount of time.
Curb Appeal Is The Hallmark – A buyer’s first impression is formed by viewing the outside of your property and is possibly an indication of the condition.
Trim plants and trees, weed your front back and side yards, use blowers to remove pods and plant debris. Inspect the exterior of your property, including shutters and windows. The gates, entry, and garage door may need to have a good power wash to remove cob webs. Steel or aluminum siding should be clean. If the house needs painting, buyers will notice, and may consider it a major objection to purchasing your property.
The Chi – Pay close attention to the front door – it should sparkle. Polish the doorknob, clean the glass, ensure the door functions properly, re-key the entire home so there is one key, and replace worn screens.
Neatness Counts – A sparkling clean home greatly enhances its appeal to buyers. Scrub each room from top to bottom covering every nook and cranny. The entryway, kitchen and bathrooms are key areas, and should be given special attention. Shampoo the carpeting if it hasn’t been done recently.
Clean windows – This is often the most overlooked place of reference on the home. Clean all windows inside and out to include the screens. It just makes the home have that fresh look. So easy!
If your carpet is old or matted it will be a detriment to selling the property. Consider replacing it or having it professional cleaned. Remove any carpet in the bathrooms and replace with tile.
Eliminate Clutter – Closets, cupboards and other storage areas should be neat and uncluttered. Box everything you do not use regularly and donate it, sell it, throw it away or store it. Look at each room in the house with “less is best” as your objective. Remove unneeded furniture to make each room appear more spacious. Kitchen counter-tops should be clear of everything except what you use daily.
If it’s Broken, Fix it – Repairs such as loose door knob, broken dishwasher, dripping faucet and squeaky or sticking doors all detract from a property’s value. An afternoon spent making needed repairs now can eliminate buyers’ objections later. Hire a professional, if needed.
Small Additions Make a Big Impression – With minimal expense, you can improve the appearance of any room. Consider replacing worn area rugs and throw pillows. New towels can freshen a tired kitchen or bath. Flowers add warmth and charm to any location. Identify the things you can do to make areas more pleasing to a buyer.
It’s a Team Effort – Enlist the help of all household members to get the house ready – and keep it ready – for prospective buyers. A few minutes spent tidying up each morning can make the difference for a showing in the afternoon!