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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

You put your home on the market several months ago but your neighbor’s home sold faster than yours. Why? Because they followed their realtor’s advice, making their home “sparkle.” Realtors know that it takes a lot more than a new roof for buyers to feel comfortable buying a home. When buyers see a well-cared for home, they are often correct that what they can’t see is most likely maintained too. So how do you as a homeowner make your home sparkle? Here are some tips for getting your house ready to sell.

If you’re thinking of moving, now is not the time to install a new kitchen. There are minor and inexpensive touch ups you can do to your house when getting your home ready to sell. Things like new knobs on kitchen cabinets or a fresh coat of neutral paint on the walls and then there are extensive and costly renovations like new bathrooms or a kitchen. This is why working with a realtor is such an important part of getting your home ready to sell. Realtors are familiar with buyers’ expectations for the homes in your neighborhood. Realtors can tell you what improvements are and aren’t necessary.

Most realtors advise their clients to maximize their homes’ exterior and interior appeal. When it comes to your home’s exterior, keep your lawn mowed, edged and regularly watered. Pay close attention to your landscaping, keeping hedges trimmed, flowerbeds and lawn weeded and trees pruned regularly. Check for any cracks and crumbling on your home’s foundation and on walls, patios, steps and any walkways. To give your home sparkle, check windows and doors for peeling paint and put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Make sure your home’s gutters are clean and aligned.

If your garage is cluttered, keep your garage door shut. Remove anything unsightly like an old RV or a beat up car, temporarily parking them elsewhere. Don’t forget to check out the roof too, repairing and replacing any loose or damaged shingles. Now’s also a good time to have your chimney inspected and swept. If your asphalt driveway is cracked, re-seal it. View your home the way a buyer would, searching for any loose siding or cracked caulking that needs to be repaired or replaced. Better to catch this now than later. If you’re selling your home during the winter, make sure your walkways leading up to your house are clear of any snow and ice. If your house is on the market in spring, add some colorful annuals to your flowerbeds for more curb appeal.

Once you’ve addressed your home’s exterior it’s time to focus on your home’s interior. Before you put your home on the market it’s a good idea to remove as much clutter from your rooms as you can and thoroughly clean all your rooms. If you can afford to rent storage garages in order to move half your furniture out, you’ll create a more spacious look in your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers. You can also de-clutter your home by holding a garage sale to sell the items you’re not planning to move to your next house. Hiring a professional cleaning service to help out as you’re busy packing is also a good investment. Just as you examined your home’s exterior from the point of view as a buyer, you’ll want to do the same with your homes interiors. Clean each room’s walls and repair any cracks or damage to plaster, wallpaper, paint or tiles. Repaint with neutral colors like white and beige as necessary. You should also inspect and repair plumbing, cooling, heating and alarm systems; dripping faucets and showerheads. Placing new towels in a bathroom is an easy way to spruce things up. And don’t forget to check for any cracks, leaks or signs or dampness in your home’s basement or attic. Better to address these concerns now than before any pending contracts.

When getting your home ready to sell it’s helpful to view your home the way a buyer would, looking for any necessary repairs or damage. By maximizing your home’s exterior and interior appeal, you’ll sell your home a lot sooner.