Preparing a Home for a Sale

How to make a good first impression

When showing your property, you only get one chance to make a good impression. Here are some suggestions to increase the desirability of your property to potential buyers, and help you sell at the best price, in the least amount of time.

Curb Appeal is Essential - A buyer’s first impression is formed by viewing the outside of your property. Trim plants and trees, weed your front, back and side yards, and remove plant debris. Inspect the exterior of your property, including shutters and windows. If the house needs painting, buyers will notice and may consider it a major objections to purchasing your homes.

Pay Close Attention to the Front Door - It should sparkle. Polish the doorknob, clean the glass and replace worn screens. Add pots with colorful flowers for a welcoming entrance.

Neatness Counts - A sparkling clean home greatly enhances its appeal to buyers. The entryway, kitchen and bathrooms are key areas and should be given special attention. Shampoo carpeting if it hasn’t been done recently. If your carpet is old or matted, it will be a detriment to selling the property and replacement should be considered.

Eliminate Clutter - Closets, cupboards and other storage areas should be neat and uncluttered. Box everything you do not use regularly and donate, sell store or throw it away. Remove unneeded furniture to make each room appear more spacious. Kitchen countertops should be clear of everything except what you use daily. Also remove all personal photos.

If it’s Broken, Fix it - Repairs such as loose door knob, broken dishwasher, dripping faucet, and squeaky or sticking doors all detract from a property’s value. An afternoon spent making needed repairs now can eliminate buyer’s objections later. Hire a professional, if needed.

Small Additions Make a Big Impression - With minimal expense, you can improve the appearance of any room. Consider replacing worn area rugs and throw pillows. New towels can freshen a tired kitchen or bath. Flowers add warmth and charm to any location.

It’s a Team Effort - Enlist the help of all household members to get the house ready- and keep it ready- for prospective buyers. A few minutes spent tidying up each morning can make the difference for a showing in the afternoon.