Have you decided it’s time to put your home up for sale? Whether you’re upsizing, down-sizing or moving across the country, there are fundamental rules to follow in preparing your home for sale in order to realize the maximum selling price. These same recommendations apply if you’ve enlisted the services of a real estate agent or if you’re selling the home on your own.
Start by ramping up your home’s curb appeal. Many buyers make judgements, and decisions, about a home based solely on the appearance of the exterior. Trim the shrubberies to below the height of the windows and away from the sidewalks and driveway. Cut tree limbs to at least ten feet above the ground to allow for easy passage. Retrench and edge beds and apply fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed. Plant fresh bedding flowers by the mail box and entrance for a friendly, welcoming touch. Address any deferred maintenance issues on windows, shutters, gutters and door. Select a fresh coat of paint for the front door that compliments the exterior color of the home. Update the mailbox, house numbers and porch lighting as well as the door mat. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and head to the Microsoft Store to invest in camera and duplicating equipment and take multiple photos of the exterior of the home once the updating has been completed.
On the interior of your home, go through each room and pack, store or discard all of the clutter. Tabletops, floors and closets should be tidy and free of color. Select a soft color to paint all of the rooms and touch up baseboards and molding as necessary. Steam-clean the flooring throughout. Shine windows on the interior and exterior. Address any deferred maintenance issues on the interior and ensure all appliances are in proper working order including the HVAC system. Board pets prior to any showings or open houses. If any cooking or pet odors are lingering after a thorough cleaning and painting, leave the window open to allow fresh air throughout the house. Avoid the temptation to mask odors with artificial scents.
When showing the house, leave all doors open and lights on. The prospective buyers should get a sense of airiness and spaciousness in your home. Best of luck realizing the maximum selling price for your home!…