Tips for Preparing Your Home for the SALE!

Posted By Nigel Horonzy @ Mar 22nd 2013 2:45pm In: For the home

Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an  otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home  shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house—and  end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospect walks through your  door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.

1. Have a home inspection

Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400,  an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk.  Make repairs before putting your home on the market. In some states, you may  have to disclose what the inspection turns up.

2. Get replacement estimates

If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t fund, get  estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can  afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user  manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you  expect to remain with the house.

3. Make minor repairs

Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems—sticky doors,  torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets—as you can. These may seem  trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your house isn’t well  maintained.

4. Clear the clutter

Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by  packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Install  closet organizers to maximize space. Put at least one-third of your furniture in  storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big  televisions. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to  depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes  neatly arranged in your garage or basement.

5. Do a thorough cleaning

A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well  cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service.

If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean  carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash  light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and  refrigerator a thorough once-over.

Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates,  clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your  garage, too.


Hook the buyer from the very start!!!


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