Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale
Positive first impressions are essential, especially when it comes to selling your home. Preparing your property well gives you a significant advantage over your competition.
Skyline Realty Suggestions
- Make sure every room in the home—including basements, closets, attics, and garages—is tidy and clean.
- Pack away all nonessential personal items for the remainder of your time in the house.
- Minimize the number of family photographs, collectibles, trophies, and ornaments on display, so potential buyers can feel more at home.
- Place boxes and other bulky items in storage, so your property will appear more spacious.
- Invite one of our Residential Brokerage Specialists™ to your home. We can point out areas where paint or superficial repairs will increase your property’s value.
- Don’t spend unnecessary money remodeling because you don’t know the potential buyers’ preferences.
Dealing with Common Problem Areas
- Curb Appeal: Inspect driveways and sidewalks for cracking or crumbling. Patch as necessary.
- Lawn and Yard: Grass should be cut and edged, hedges trimmed, leaves raked, and gardens weeded. Plant seasonal colorful flowers to brighten up your yard.
- Windows: Clean windows inside and out to give you home a brighter feel.
- Siding and Trim: Make sure exterior siding is in good condition. Paint or power wash as needed.
- Roof and Gutters: Your roof, gutters, and downspout pipes should be in good condition and free of leaves.
- Front Entrance: Apply a fresh coat of paint to enhance your property’s appearance. Add potted plants and Welcome doormats to help potential buyers feel comfortable.
- Kitchen: The kitchen is one of the most important areas in the house. Keep the sink, counter tops and all appliances clean and uncluttered. Flooring should be in good condition.
- Bathrooms: Keep bathrooms spotless and dry. Towels and rugs should be clean and neat. If necessary, repair grouting around the bath and between the tiles. Scrub tiles with mildew remover. Mirrors and glass shower doors should sparkle.
- Bedrooms: Keep bedrooms clean and neat. Beds should be made and clothing put away. Try to keep toys tidy in children’s rooms.
- Walls and Woodwork: Keep walls and woodwork clean and free from marks. If you repaint, choose light, neutral colors such as beige and off-whites, which have the widest appeal to the largest percentage of buyers. If you have rooms decorated in dark colors, you might consider repainting to make them appear bigger.
- Closets and Cabinets: Storage spaces appear much larger when they’re neat and organized.
- Window Treatments: Curtains, blinds, and shades should be clean and left open to give your home a bright and airy feeling.
- Plumbing: Be certain all taps, showers and toilets work properly and don’t leak.
- Fans and Air Conditioners: Keep units clean and well maintained. Remove dust and dirt from the exterior of the unit, and from any air vents and in-takes. Repair noisy fans. Replace or paint rusty fan blades.
- Lighting and Sound: Bright, cheerful lighting creates a welcoming environment. Turn on lights during showings. Make sure there are no blown light bulbs. Turn off the TV, dishwasher, and other noisy appliances, Play soft background music.
- Make sure your agent has a feature sheet available for prospective buyers. A survey of your property can also be very helpful.
- Think safety first. Remove and repair all items that could cause visitors to stumble or get hurt in any way.
- Eliminate odors from pets, smoking, and cooking. Make sure your home smells fresh and clean.
- Pets and animals should be kept away from the premises or safely confined during appointments.
At Skyline Realty, we can help you prepare your home for a positive first impression.