Preparing Your Home For Sale


A few great tips on creating an atmosphere that will charm buyers and make them want to buy your home.  Remember that you’ll never get another chance to make a first impression.  And first impressions are what counts!  Follow these simple tips and create the competitive edge that may help you sell your home more quickly.

Drive -up Appeal

  • Trim trees and shrubs, clean out flower beds and invest in a few flats of seasonal flowers, paint the front door, make sure doorbell is working properly, wash the mailbox, keep the porch swept and get an attractive mat for people to wipe their feet.

Absolute Basics

  • Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor.  Odors must be eliminated, especially those caused by dogs and cats; soiled diapers and/or cigarettes.
  • Wash all the windows in the home, inside and out.
  • If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned, now is the time to have them cleaned.  Bare floors should be waxed and polished.
  • Put bright light bulbs in every socket made for a bulb.  Buyers like bright and cheery.
  • Clean out closets, cabinets and drawers.  Closets should look like they have enough room to hold additional items.  Get everything off the floor and don’t have the shelves piled to the the ceiling.
  • Make sure rooms are not over crowded with furniture.  Select pieces that look best, and store the rest.
  • Keep the kitchen sparkling clean.  Make sure all appliances are clean at all times.  Straighten cupboards that appear cluttered and keep floors gleaming.
  • Bath tubs, showers and sinks should be freshly caulked.  The grout should be clean and in good condition.  There should be no leaks in the faucet or traps.

A few more suggestions…

  • If you have limited counter space in  the kitchen, keep unnecessary items put away.
  • Keep children’s toys out of the front yard, sidewalks and front porch.
  • Clean the ashes out of the fireplace.
  • Make sure that the pull-down staircase is working correctly.  Be sure there is a light in the attic.
  • The pool needs to be sparkling and free of leaves.

For those willing to go the extra mile…

  • There are some things you can do that will really add flair to your home.  If your house is the least bit dated, change out the wallpaper in the entry, kitchen or bathrooms and replace outdated light fixtures.
  • Fresh interior/exterior paint.
  • New appliances in the kitchen can  be an exciting feature than can  actually make the difference in a buyer choosing your home over another.

Showing your home…

  • When you leave the house in the morning or during the day, leave it as if you know it is going to be shown.
  • Keep good scents in the house, such as potpourri or simmer pots or candles.
  • Make sure all the lights are on and windows treatments are open.
    Turn off the the televisions.
  • Keep pets out of the way – preferably out of the house.  Many people are uncomfortable around some animals and may even be allergic to them.
  • Leave the premises.  Take a short break while your home is being shown.  Buyers are intimidated when sellers are present and tend to hurry through the house.