Getting Your House Ready to Sell


 

From curb to laundry room, we’ll walk you through changes that can sell your house sooner–without breaking the bank.

At the curb.

Clean up everthing.

  • Repaint the most-used entrance door, and the whole house if you need it.
  • Prune, weed, remove dead plants.
  • Move all outdoor clutter into storage: extra trash cans, flower pots, gardening supplies, etc.
  • Replace torn screens, worn or personalized doormats, dead light bulbs and gate latches that don’t work.
  • Use driveway cleaner to remove oil stains from drive or garage floor. Consider applying masonry paint to the garage floor.

Inside in general

Remove clutter. It’s the cheapest, easiest, most effective way to help your house sell.

  • Toss it, sell it, give it to charity and get a deduction. How about a yard sale?
  • Sniff. Smell. Air out every room. Avoid large or overwhelming air fresheners, which only look like you’ve got something to hide.
  • Make a checklist of repairs for each room. Paint walls, replace broken outlets and switches, make sure doors close quietly and easily.
  • Rearrange furniture to make rooms look larger. Consider removing large pieces altogether; they suck up visual space.
  • Remove or thin gallery walls of family photos; they can be distracting.
  • If you can see it, clean it. Better yet, hire a service. Always wash windows. Pay attention to vent and exhaust grills, window sills, window treatments, molding and fireplaces. Polish shiny surfaces.
  • You probably don’t even notice most of the clutter left by your kids and pets, but alas buyers do.  Toss, hide, put it away (not the kids! The clutter!).

Bathrooms

Clean, renew and freshen.

  • Put 90% of those toiletries behind closed doors. Leave out only your most-needed cosmetics, on one counter only.
  • Fix any and all leaks.
  • Remove stains, mold and damaged caulking.
  • Consider replacing that shower curtain with something new and neutral.
  • Display towels in one color only.

Kitchen

Remove clutter and we mean all clutter.

  • Clear the countertops. Leave out only the most essential tools and appliances.
  • De-clutter cabinets, pack away dishes you rarely use, then clean cabinets inside and out.
  • Remove as much of the clutter on your refrigerator door as you can bear

Closets

You know what to do.

  • Make them look half-empty. Toss, sell, rent storage space if you can. A prospective buyer needs to see just how much storage space there really is.

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