|When you're preparing
your house for sale, remember the importance of first
impressions. The market isn't the only factor that
influences whether you get your asking price.
Appearance and overall condition play a major role.
Here are some easy things you can do to make your home
more appealing to buyers.
It is estimated that
more than half of all houses are sold before the
buyers even get out of their cars. So stand across the
street from your house and review its curb appeal.
- Sweep front walkway.
- Remove newspapers,
bikes and toys.
- Park extra cars away
from the property.
- Trim the shrubs.
- Apply fresh, clean
- Clean windows and
window coverings throughout.
- Keep plumbing and
all appliances in working order.
- Maintain all
sealants (window, tub, shower, sink, etc.) in good
- Make sure roof and
gutters are in good condition; no repairs needed.
- Mow the lawn more
frequently and plant flowers.
- Keep pet areas
- Kitchen and bathroom
- Quick once-over with
the vacuum; carpets should be clean.
- Place fresh flowers
in the main rooms.
- Put dishes away,
unless setting a formal display for decoration.
- Make beds and put
all clothes away.
- Open drapes and turn
on lights for a brighter feel.
- Straighten closets.
- Put toys away.
- Turn off television.
- Play soft music on
- Keep pets out of the
way and pet areas clean and odor-free.
- Secure jewelry,
cash, prescription medication and other valuables.
- Enhance the
spaciousness of each room. Pack away collectibles
to allow buyer to envision own furnishings in
- Potential buyers
usually feel more comfortable if the owners are
- If people
unaccompanied by an agent request to see your
property, please refer them to your real estate
professional for an appointment.
- Leave a number where
you can be reached if you are leaving town, even
for a weekend.