Thinking of selling? Here are some time tested tips to get you started.
1. Clean or paint your front door. Simple, but makes a huge impact when a buyer is walking up to enter your home. If it's faded, or shows signs of needing repair, clean it, stain it, or paint it. While you're on a roll, do the same with the back door and garage door.
2. Make sure your front lawn looks neat and tidy to make the first impression favorable. Cut the grass and trim the hedges and shrubs. **EXTRA** If you have a dog, make sure you clean up their land mines, nothing worse than stepping on one of those during a showing.
3. Check your roof for shingles or flashing that needs replacing. Here in Florida. we get algaeand every few years needs to be cleaned off the roof or it will make your roof look older than it really is.
4. Repainting your entire exterior o your home can be rather costly and time consuming and really unnecessary unless the walls have bad blistering or peeling. You can do wonders just by painting window sashes, trim and shutters.
5. Remove all dead limbs and debris. (HINT: Hire one or two of the neighborhood kids) Give the lawn a fresh raking and the sidewalk and driveway a good sweeping. If you're really want to make a good impression, pressure wash the sidewalk and driveway.
6. A grungy bathroom can really turn off a prospective buyer. Make each bathroom look like a guest bath. Polish the toilet, tub and bathroom sink. Clean all tile, grout and caulk, replace cracked tiles, and re-grout if necessary.
7. Remember the commercial where the birds are having a ball with the homeowner, who has a sliding glass door that is so clean, he keeps running into it? You want your windows, mirrors and glass doors to be that clean. WARNING: You might want to let the buyer know if their heading to a glass door and it doesn't look like they're slowing down.
8. Fix sticking doors and windows, squeaking doors, and wobbly stair banisters.
9. Too much furniture can make a home "feel wrong." So, move out all your excess furniture, especially worn or outdated furniture, to make rooms seem larger and uncluttered, and take down pictures that hide walls.
10.Clean out all of your closets to make them look bigger. Store out of season clothes in the attic, neatly arrange what's left.
There you have it, 10 tips to get your Jacksonville Home ready to sell. These tips were taken from my handout "49 staging tips or selling your home" that I give to my seller clients.
If you're thinking about selling your home in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Clay County, St Johns County or the Beaches, and you want to know how to get your home in tip top selling shape, contact me for my Maximum Home Value Audit, where I will go room by room and give you tips on how you can maximize your space.