Getting Your Home Ready to Sell this Summer.......

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Select Properties

I thought it might be a good idea to share some quick tips to help sellers get ready to sell.  This time of year there is a surge in sales and buyers really come out to start looking at homes.  Remember, the first impression is often the best!  These hints/reminders are things that should be done any time of year, but with warmer weather, it does seem a bit easier to do.

1.  Start outside.  If you have vinyl siding and it is dirty, by all means borrow a pressure washer--clean it!

2.  If they yard/grass has brown spots, at least try to seed them so they will grow as it gets warmer.

3.  Freshen up mulch--this is cheap to do and goes a long way toward curb appeal.

4.  Remove any dead shrubs and replace them--if existing plants need pruning, get to it!!

5.  Inside:  simply put, de-clutter and clean, clean, clean!!

6.  If your wall colors are personal to you and don't have "mass appeal" then change them!  Go Neutral!!

7.  Carpet:  if the carpet is dirty, either clean it professionally or replace it!

8.  If your lighting is bad, replace some old fixtures--a few new fixtures can really change a space!!

9.  If you have too much furniture--thin it out and put extra stuff in a garage or storage.

10.  Simple sells!!  Keep it simple, neat, and clean! 

Good Luck!!


Comments (3)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great tips for the home owner there is nothing like the first impression make it a lasting one.

Apr 06, 2010 08:16 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Thanks for the tips!! I think the first impression is the best way to sell a home quickly!

Apr 06, 2010 08:26 AM
Dave Kohl
First In Promotions - Chicago, IL
Extreme Real Estate Marketing

Good ideas, Scott, but they need not be limited to a future seller. There are some homes long on the market that would do better to take your advice! Same goes for agents with listings more than a month on the market. As I check out listing ads around the country now in early April, I'm still seeing way too many photos with snow on the ground or lawns not yet green or landscaped. Potential buyers are less likely to look at a home they can quickly tell has been on the market for a while when listings right next to or below immediately look more current.

Apr 06, 2010 08:28 AM