5 TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Connectictu Realty

                                                                   5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

 

Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.  Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws.  Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house-and end up with a lower sales price.  Before the first prospect walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.

•1.        Have a Home Inspection:  Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection.  For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk.  Make repairs before putting your home on the market.

•2.        Get Replacement Estimates:  If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can't fund, get estimates for the work.  The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs.  Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you expect to remain with the house.

•3.       Make Minor Repairs:  Not every repair costs a bundle.  Fix as many small problems-sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets-as you can.  These may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression your house isn't well maintained.

•4.       Clear The Clutter:  Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything.  Clean your closets by packing up little used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys.  Install closet organizers to maximize space.  Put at least one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big televisions.  Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home.  Store the items you've packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage or basement.

•5.       Do a Thorough Cleaning:   A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for.  If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service.  If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms.  Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells.  Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.  Pay attention to details, too.  Wash fingerprints from light switch plates clean inside the cabinets and polish doorknobs.  Don't forget to clean your garage, too.

If you would like to discuss your home or investment property please give me a call at 203-215-6957 to schedule an appointment.  Please remember the "Spring Time" market is here!

Comments (4)

Nina Gail Betancourt
North Country Sotheby's International Realty - Croton on Hudson, NY
Westchester County NY

Great suggestions. Amazing how people don't do some of these very basic things - even when we are begging them to.

Mar 10, 2011 12:55 PM
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

I like the home inspection tip ahead of time. Some disagree as homeowners may fix things that may never come up. However why not feel good that your house is in perfect condition and sell with confidence.

Mar 10, 2011 12:56 PM
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

I like the home inspection tip ahead of time. Some disagree as homeowners may fix things that may never come up. However why not feel good that your house is in perfect condition and sell with confidence.

Mar 10, 2011 12:56 PM
Tommy Taylor
Taylor Properties & TexasForSale.net - Kerrville, TX
CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor

Patricia- Good tips that sellers should fallow. It always seems like the sellers that make the most "noise"about their home not selling are the ones that need to follow this advise.

Mar 10, 2011 12:56 PM