Fix These 5 Things Before Listing Your House

Reblogger Patty Mortara REALTOR CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ)
Real Estate Agent with Hunterdon County Homes

FIVE Things to FIX Before you LIST Your Home!!

Make a Great 1st Impression, Check the Roof, Clear the Cutter, Patch the Nail Holes, Remove the Smells. These are some great tips from Michael J. Perry of Keller Williams Realty - Lancaster, PA. 

Patricia "Patty" Mortara | Hunterdon Realty Group 
Office: 908.782.0095 | Mobile/Direct: 908.349.0095

Original content by Michael J. Perry

In this market, buyers have plenty of inventory to choose from. Don’t scare them away from your home by not fixing these things before you list. Your goal is to make showings a pleasant experience and your home feel inviting.

Selling your home1. Make A Great First Impression - A new coat of paint on the front door and no squeaky hinges. Weed flower beds and plant some brightly colored flowers in the flowerbeds. Mow the yard weekly.

2. Check Up On The Roof - make sure there are no missing or mossy shingles, this signals neglect to potential buyers.

3. Clear The Clutter - The buyers need to see your countertops, not your bills, dirty dishes, or souvenirs. Remove your oodles of family pictures and go for the less is more look. Ask your Realtor if they think staging is needed.

4. Patch Nail Holes And Paint - Don’t just paint that spot, paint the whole wall, a fresh coat of paint can revitalize your rooms, go with neutral colors.

5. No Smoking And No Cats - Nothing scares potential buyers away faster than a foul smelling home. Clean the litterbox daily or have your cat stay elsewhere. No more smoking inside of the house. Scented candles won’t fix these smells! You may need to use a Kilz stain blocker to paint the walls if they are stained.

Michael J. Perry

Keller Williams Realty Lancaster

1630 Manheim Pike     Lancaster, PA 17601

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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Good refresher for home sellers to remember.  These are things we should be doing even if we aren't selling.  Getting rid of the odors and pets is definitely a must.

May 21, 2012 11:50 AM #1
Dan Jasmer
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Changing the way you look at real estate

You certainly hit on my five favorites.  When sellers are asking about remodeling their kitchen or replacing their baths I always point out that if they would just maintain the basics the home would look infinitely better.

May 21, 2012 12:49 PM #2
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

great advise for sellers but also for home owners in general. why wait?

May 21, 2012 01:57 PM #3
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