Thursday, February 17, 2005

Preparing your Home for Sale

If you have ever been in the market for a home you have probably experienced visiting a home listed for sale only to find it filthy, cluttered with junk and in poor repair. Even if the home may have been one you would normally have been interested in the condition upon your inspection was a complete turn off. No one wants to move into a new home only to have a few days of cleaning ahead of them. Obviously these issues can be addressed during negotiations but who wants the hassle.

If you want to sell your home quickly and for the best price then it is important that you properly prepare it for sale prior to listing.

Tips for Preparing your Home for Sale.

1. First Impressions count. You have heard that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is also true for the appearance of our home when you are trying to sell. Make sure that the outside and lawn area is well trimmed and that flowers beds are mulched. Also get rid of any junk which you may have been keeping outside beside the garage.

2. Clean everything in your home inside and out.

3. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for making a home look new and fresh. Be sure to consider neutral colors that will appear to the majority of people. White, off white, gray and beige tend to appeal to most people.

4. Clean up and reduce the clutter throughout the house and the garage.

5. Repair any doors or windows that are broken or not working properly.

6. Have the carpet professionally cleaned or if it is really in bad shape consider having it replaced. If you do not, the buyer will most likely negotiate an allowance for carpet into their offer. Either way you will probably end up paying for poor quality carpet.

7. Check all plumbing to make sure it is functionally properly and that there are no leaks.

8. Check the roof and gutters and make sure there are no leaks or other problems. Nearly all buyers pay attention to the condition of the roof.

9. Do the little things that can make a big difference in the impression potential buyers have of your home. Plant flowers, replace shower curtains and purchase new matching towels and a nice candle for the bathrooms.

When potential buyers visit for a showing of your home it is often best to be out of the house. Buyers feel more comfortable and will stay longer if the homeowner is not present, however you must also consider security risks and secure valuables. If you must be home be polite and make sure all children and pets are out of the house. Put out clean towels, soap and fresh flowers.

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