Properly preparing your property for potential buyers can make the difference between a quick sale at a good price and a difficult sale with price reductions.
Buyers go by what they see, so look at your property through a buyer’s eyes. Understand its strengths and weaknesses. A clean, orderly house inspires confidence and sells more easily. If needed, invite a few of your friends over, take them through your home and ask them to make comments on the condition of your property.
Understand, too, that many potential buyers take a look at your property from the outside, without even contacting your REALTOR®. It’s your home’s ”curb appeal” that attracts visitors first.
Here is a list of things to consider to ensure that your house makes a “buy me” impression.
Mow the lawn
Shovel the snow.
Trim the bushes.
Weed the flower beds.
Remove anything cluttering up the yard.
A clean parking spot
Get rid of oil stains.
Move unused vehicles that are in the way.
Clean the house thoroughly
Deep clean the carpets
Ensure the home has a pleasant smell
Remove unneeded items
Organize closets and storage areas
Make sure that everything is in working order in the house
- Make sure that the front door is welcoming. You may even want to repaint it.
- Repair broken windows and screens.
- Paint window and door frames and anywhere else paint is flaking.
- Remove political or other symbols, such as flags.