Ten Essential Steps to Selling Your Home

Your home must be the best on the market for your price range!

  1. Neutralize. Go through a model home and the first thing you will notice is that the colors are neutral and there is no personal clutter.
  2. Don’t Distract Buyers. You want potential buyers looking at the house, not photos from your latest vacation.
  3. Pre-Pack. You will be moving soon anyway, so start packing now. Pack away knick knacks and collectibles. Remove any stacks of magazines or newspapers. Store out-of-season clothing so that closets look neat and tidy.
  4. Shine. Clean your windows and screens, especially if you have a view you want potential buyers to see.
  5. Spring clean. Be thorough. Clean window sills, switch plates, baseboards, ceiling fan blades. Make sure the oven is clean… yes, buyers will look.
  6. Smell inviting. Cleaning your carpets and drapes will help remove everyday odors that all of us accumulate. Wash your bedding. Open your windows during good weather before a showing. The aroma of fresh baked cookies always helps!
  7. Make it “light & bright.” Open drapes and turn on all of the lights when expecting buyers. I usually advocate being green, but in this case you’re trying to make some green, so use the maximum wattage bulbs specified for each light socket – it will make a room seem brighter. Make sure all light fixtures are functioning correctly.
  8. Fix it. Deferred maintenance not only scares buyers, but invites low offers. Fix any doors that stick, repair torn window screens, replace bad caulk, fix all leaky sink fixtures, etc.
  9. Mow the lawn. Nothing tells a buyer you don’t care about your home than an unkept yard. Mow the lawn, trim and edge; rake leaves. Color is always inviting. Plant some flowers or hang flower baskets.
  10. Seal the deal. Make sure your driveway is in good repair. Seal cracks if necessary. Are the rain gutters clean and leakproof? Does the front door sparkle and shine?

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