Preparing to Sell
You never get a second chance to make a first impression!
There's no need to spend a ton of money remodeling your home before you sell. A few key improvements could significantly increase your selling price and make for a faster home sale. Here are a few things to consider:
Curb Appeal (How well your home looks like from the street)
- Keep your front entrance well-maintained
- Do a little landscaping
- Garden beds need to be well defined and freshly mulched
- Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly
- Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees
- Add a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near the front entrance
- Take care of other exterior features
- Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling
- Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint; keep the windows clean and free of spider webs and vines
- Clean, align and secure the gutters
- Repair or repaint loose siding and caulking
- Keep the garage door closed
Walk into Something Wonderful
- Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning. Wash the windows inside and out, clean the carpets and wash the walls.
- If the walls and carpet are especially dingy or brightly colored, repaint or re-carpet with a neutral shade, such as off-white or beige.
- Get rid of the clutter and make your house appear bigger and brighter.
- Rent a storage unit
- Have a garage sale!
- Donate your excess "stuff" to charity
- Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles
- Repair anything that could be construed as dry rot
- Repair a leaking roof
- Make sure every electrical outlet and light switch is in working order
- Replace all lightbulbs with the maximum wattage bulb permissible. Light sells!