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Prepare Your Home For Sale!
know the ins and outs of our homes so well we sometimes forget about that
old leak satin or the screen which has a little tear. A buyer who is about
to make on of their largest purchasers can often be turned off by these
small items, because if the owner doesn't take care of the small things
can you just imagine the big things.
objective in preparing your home is to make it as attractive to the largest
number of buyers as possible. Some minor repairs and clean-up will usually
turn into a higher selling price.
begin to prepare you should take a look around and make a list. Pretend
you are a buyer and start your viewing at the curb and then continue your
tour on every floor, out into the yard and don't forget the garage.
and reasonable repairs can help turn your home into near model home
condition which include the following items:
Fresh paint. A freshly
painted home gives the buyer an impression of being able to move right
in and of a well cared for home. The interior paint should be a neutral
and light color so that it may fit into anyone's decor. The front door
should be freshly painted because this is usually where first impressions
Lighting Fixtures are
another inexpensive and easy problem to remedy. All fixtures should have
working bulbs. Out-dated fixtures can be inexpensively replaced and add
a whole new look to your home.
Carpets and Floor can
help sell your home for top dollar. If your carpets are worn out or have
rips it can be a big turn off. Consider replacing your carpets, choose
a light neutral color. Another alternative is if you have hardwood floors
under your old carpeting if to have them refinished.
Take a critical look at
your kitchen. Formica counters which are out-dated can be replaced and
at the same time change the whole look of the kitchen. Extra appliances,
toasters, blenders, juicers, etc..should be stored away to show off your
work areas. Older cabinets can receive a face lift by just replacing the
Landscaping: Lawns neatly
edged and cut, fresh flowers planted, hedges trimmed. Decks and patios
cleaned and repaired.
Basement and garage: Neat
and clean and if weather permits aired out. Boxes neatly stacked in corners.
Decorating Sense: Sometimes
just the simple trick of rearranging or removing excess furniture will
enhance the space of any size room. This also applies to collectibles and
bric-a-brac, they can make the buyer loose sight of the home. In this case
less is best.
Closets: Very simply put,
if your not using it pack it away. One of the first things a buyer will
look for is ample spacious closets. Make sure that they can be easily opened,
especially sliding closet doors.
Major Repairs: Sometimes
with big ticket items such as roofs, it is often wiser and less expensive
to correct the problem. Although a new roof is expensive and won't add
much value to the home, the few buyers who will purchase a home with a
bad roof will usually discount their purchase offer heavily by far more
than the cost of a roof.