Preparing Your Home to Sell; Top 10 Things Every Seller Should Do

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Selling your home can be one of the most stressfull things a homeowner can do. With the right real estate agent and some helpful advice & guidance, the process can be stress free and if you do the right things will net you top dollar. Here are some tips, hints, thoughts and ideas for creating a great first impression and making a house appealing to buyers.

 

1. DECLUTTER

Almost all of us have clutter in our homes. Before you put your home on the market to sell declutter your ENTIRE home. That includes the basement, garage, ALL closets, pantry and even your shed. You never want to give the impression that you are outgrowing your home. Clear kitchen counters of appliances, school papers and bills, Clear refrigerator and bulletin boards of notes and personal information. If you can rent a storage space andstore all off season items. This is one case where half empty is better than half full.

 

2. SOMETHING BROKEN OR NEEDS REPAIR?

If there is something in your home that is not working get it fixed. If something is not operational it will come up in a home inspection anyhow. You want to save yourself the time and aggravation later on by addressing these issues prior to putting your home on the market.

 

3. CLEAN

Make sure that the ENTIRE house, inside and out, is clean. That includes windows & screens, vents, carpets and all major appliances. Don’t overlook the inside of your oven, refrigerator and even dishwasher. Also consider a good power wash to the exterior of your home, patio, deck and walkway.  

 

4. PUT ON A FRESH COAT OF NEUTRAL PAINT.

Heavy traffic areas like stairways and hallways often could use a fresh coat of paint.

If you happen to have a room that’s painted an especially bright color, you want to paint over it with a neutral color. Buyers are likely to either love or hate funky colors. So why risk it. You don’t want buyers to rememeber “the home with the orange room.”  

 

5. LET THERE BE LIGHT.

Make sure all lights are operational. If you do not have a ceiling light in a particular room make sure there is a lamp plugged into the outlet connected to the switch at the door. 

 

6. CURB APPEAL. SPRUCE UP THE FRONT OF YOUR HOME.

A buyers first impression is everything. You want to make sure that the front of your home is clean and well kept. Here are some suggestions for sprucing up the exterior and are sure to provide a great first impression: A fresh coat of paint on your front door. A tasteful seasonal wreath on the front door, flower basket on the porch or hanging flower basket is also a nice touch to welcome the buyer. Make sure to clean address numbers and all paths and walkways are clean and clear of debris.

 

7. CONSIDER STAGING YOUR HOME.

It’s not always necessary to hire a stager but you may want to consider moving some things around or removing excess furniture. The goal is to make make your rooms look large and have flow.  

 

8. MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR PETS.

If you have dogs and/or cats make sure that you have a plan as to what to do with them when your property is being shown. 

9. STAY OFF THE GRASS. 
Make sure your lawn and landscaing are manicured and well kept. Water and mow lawn regulary.

 

10. BE SAFE.
Although theft is unlikely to occur, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that all your personal information and valuables are stored away. That includes bills and personal notes that may be lying around your computer or countertops. Make sure your office is also clear of personal information.

 

 

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Kerry Lucasse
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Great post!  I think the red door makes such a BIG impact - I need to just go out and buy a few buckets for red paint for my listings this year.  :)

Jan 29, 2014 10:46 AM #1
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This is very well written...you've got a real gift!   I am so grateful that you reached out to me for information on ActiveRain and really enjoyed our lunch, but it sure looks to me like you nailed...Looking forward to learning from you!

 

Jan 29, 2014 10:54 AM #2
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Great post! Well written! I WANT A RED DOOR!!! :) Thanks for the tips - looks like we have a pretty big list of stuff to work on!
Jan 29, 2014 11:16 AM #3
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Very well written and well to the KW bloggers.  Make sure you select a lot of groups to post your stuff in different groups.  We will be here to help you grow and get you to free soon enough. 

Jan 29, 2014 11:47 AM #4
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Hi Ellen, welcome to ActiveRain, I'm stopping by on the recommendation of Bridget.  Great work, keep it up!

Jan 29, 2014 07:58 PM #5
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Ellen, Welcome to ActiveRain. You are going to love this place with all the learning and sharing and friendships that come with being a member. You have a wonderful mentor in Bridget. Please let me know if I can be of help with anything.

Love your first post. Congratulations!

Feb 03, 2014 09:41 AM #6
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Ellen, welcome to Activerain.  This is a fabulous post, I wish you every success in your blogging and in real estate.

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Welcome to AR Ellen - I am sure you are going to be one of the top bloggers here - as I see it in this beautifully written post.

Keep blogging.

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Ellen Eylanbekov
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Hello and Thank you all for your welcome and comments!! An especially big thank you to Bridget McGee for turning me on to ActiveRain and to her generousity and spirit. Apologies for my late reply. I was so focused on mt blog site and writing that I missed your kind comments. I look forward to participating in this community, posting more blogs and hopefully getting to know you all better. 

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Just a little nudge to encourage you to write another great blog. Let me know if you need any help or ideas. All the best.

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