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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE


 

The following pages contain proven ways that you can help your home sell quicker and, perhaps, for a better price. Please consider the recommended changes. Your real estate agent can bring in the prospective buyers, but the saleability of your home is your responsibility. 

FIRST IMPRESSION You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it’s the first impression that really counts! When a potential buyer / renter surveys your home, they know within minutes whether it meets their needs or not.

SECOND / LIVE IMPRESSION To make sure that positive first impression is confirmed when potential buyers / renters drive by your home / visit your home for showing keep your home exterior and interior the same way as shown in pictures.

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EXTERIOR HOME PREPARATION:

♦ Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia etc.

♦ Replace missing shutters, gutters, and downspouts.

♦ Garage/car port should be clean and tidy. Degreasers are available at your local home repair store to remove stains from the garage floor.

♦ Remove any cobwebs.

♦ Pool / tub should be clean, water clear.

♦ Replace cracked or broken window panes.

♦ Make sure doorbell and door hardware are in good repair.

♦ Fences should be mended and painted.

♦ Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.

♦ Cracks in the driveway and sidewalks can be easily repaired with ready-mix cement. For excessive stains, there are easy-to-use cleaning agents at your home repair store.

♦ Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.

♦ Make sure the yard looks well-kept. Mow lawn, cut back overgrown shrubbery, remove dry branches and debris, pick up litter. Some seasonal flowers and / or flowerpots give colour and a welcoming touch. Don’t forget to clean up kid’s (or dog’s) toys.

♦ If your lawn shows no signs of life, a little fertilizer and some water will do wonders for its color. Mow and edge the lawn frequently until the home is sold.

♦ House number should be easy to read.

♦ If the street sweeper does not come every week, make sure the area in front of your curb and driveway are clear of debris. Wash it down with the hose.

♦ Wash all windows inside and outside.

♦ Make sure all outside lights are working, replace damaged bulbs.

♦ Lights on timers ensure house is lit up after sunset.

→ download pdf checklist

→ home improvement calculator from homegain

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INTERIOR HOME PREPARATION:

♦ Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat. White or light pastels are the easiest for new homeowners to work with and they make your rooms look larger.

♦ Repair any cracks or holes in walls and touch-up paint.

♦ Doors should be cleaned and touched-up as well. All torn screens should be repaired or replaced.Oil squeaky doors.

♦ Have carpeting and draperies cleaned.

♦ If you have a fireplace, make sure all tile is in good condition, the screen is in good shape, and the hearth is clean.

♦ Make sure all lights are working, replace damaged bulbs.

♦ Lubricate squeaking doors, windows, and cabinets.

♦ Pre-pack items, which may clutter your home and make rooms appear smaller.

♦ Store out-of-season clothes so closets do not look cluttered.

♦ A few colorful plants will help liven and add color to the interior.

♦ Clean fans and vent hoods.

♦ The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. Keep the counters clean and clear of appliances. All appliances should be clean and neatly organized. An open appearance with sunlight and green plants here and there will make the room a focal point. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.

♦ All bathroom appliances should be thoroughly cleaned. Remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.

♦ Replace old caulking around bathtub and sinks.

♦ Repair or replace leaky faucets.

♦ Clean all mirrors.

♦ Unclog and sanitize drains to remove odors.

♦ If the basement or attic is a functioning part of the house, make sure the area is clean and in good repair.

♦ Ensure that your home is clean from top to bottom. Not only does this show that the home is well taken care of, but also helps the potential buyers picture themselves living in the home.

♦ Put all valuables out of sight / in a safe place.

♦ Furnished homes: before taking interior pictures / showing your home clean up as much of your personal decoration as you can, like picture frames, collectibles, figurines, kid’s / dog / cat toys, fridge stickers. Prospective buyers / tenants like to imagine their own personal decoration in their new home, empty shelves make that imagination easier.

♦ Tip for furnished homes: before taking interior pictures / showing your home clean up as much of your personal decoration as you can, like picture frames, collectibles, figurines, kid’s / dog / cat toys, fridge stickers. Prospective buyers / tenants like to imagine their own personal decoration in their new home, empty shelves make that imagination easier.

Keep exterior and interior condition the same way until home is sold.