In today’s world, it can be somewhat challenging to sell one’s home. We were blessed to have sold our home in 2 weeks. Thinking back on that experience, I recall there was a lot to do to get it ready. Here are some things that might help you in this endeavor.
Hire a reputable real estate agent – unless you’re trying to sell your home yourself. You want one with a proven record and not a novice. Ask for references.
Landscaping – Aren’t you more enticed to open a package that is beautifully wrapped on the outside? In the same way if your yard is strewn with debris, overgrown flowers and weeds, not many people will see the need to look inside, especially if the outside is an indicator of what awaits them. If you’re gifted with a “green-thumb” put it to good use and spruce your home with beautiful curb appeal.
Paint update – Honestly now, when was the last time that your walls have seen a fresh coat of paint? It might be best to choose a neutral color. Not everyone likes the bold look.
Get rid of clutter – Clutter is a distraction and makes it hard to envision how big a space is and what you could use that space for.
Air and heating vents – These are often overlooked and become dust traps for dirt and debris. Clean them to avoid this problem.
Cabinet knob makeover – If your cabinets are in decent shape, change the knobs and handles to give a more modern and updated look.
Flooring – Look down and ask yourself does the carpet need to be replaced or professionally cleaned? Does the hardwood need to be re-stained?
Ceiling – Look up! Do you see any dark stains or water spots on the ceiling? This could indicate a leakage problem. And while you’re at it, you might want to do a thorough inspection of your roof too.
Ceiling fans with light fixture – These are definitely dust magnets. A simple solution of vinegar and water can clean the blades up. Replace dim or non-working light bulbs.
Plug and Outlet Covers – Remove all traces of fingerprints and dirt. If cracked or in bad shape, replace them with new ones from Lowes, Home Depot or another hardware store. Make sure they are not dangling which could pose a potential hazard.
Plumbing – How is the water pressure after flushing the toilet? Is the handle working properly? How is the water pressure from your sinks?
Air Conditioner – Is it functional or puttering along? Is it spewing out warm air? Make sure to clean the coils on it and service it, if necessary.
Curtains and blinds – Are the curtains dingy after years of wear and tear? Replace them with an economical pair. Remove all dust from the blinds.
Shower – Make sure all mold and mildew is removed from the shower and tiling areas. Clean door and/or curtains that are part of the shower.
Bathtub -If your tub is looking dingy there are products out there to clean or paint them to make them look almost new. I would recommend the Rust-Oleum product line for the one that would best meet your need.
Water heater, furnace and appliances – While these can be costly to replace, be sure they are in good working order before putting your house up for sale.
Chimney and gutters -You may need to hire a professional to determine if repairs need to be done for these items.
Fireplaces – Whether wood-burning or those operate with gas, be sure these are working properly.
Garage – This is usually the place where those things not having a “home” find themselves at. But left alone, it becomes another haven for clutter. Your garage’s potential cannot be realized by a serious homebuyer if they can’t see it because of the clutter.
Homey fragrance – Whether it is a candle or the scent of homemade cookies, a pleasant aroma should send a welcoming message to potential homebuyers.
With well-advanced planning and the need to tackle some of these projects on your own or with the help of a professional, your home might stand a better chance of selling. Of course proper staging of your home and a willingness to negotiate the final price might work to your selling advantage too.