Top 3 Issues To Address When Selling Your Home
Thinking about selling your home but don't know where to start getting it ready? I am going to offer 3 of the most important areas sellers need to address when getting your home ready to sell. Keep your mind focused on the buyer. Pretend you are a buyer, which you probably will be soon or are currently as you are no doubt looking for a replacement property. What do you look for when you go and see homes for sale? Do you drive by and keep on driving because the yard is unkept and house a lovely color of lavender? Hopefully these 3 tips will help you as you approach signing on the dotted line!
#1.... Curb Appeal... when you pull up to your home, are there children's toys in the yard? Dead flowers in the flower beds? Are the shrubs and trees overgrown? Paint worn or even peeling? First impressions are the most important to any home buyer unless they are an investor and the worse shape the house is in the better for them! Ok, back to curb appeal. Freshen up your front and back yards by updating your flower beds with new mulch, blooming flowers and plants and trim back those shrubs and bushes! If you have to paint the exterior, then paint it, it's not going to break the bank and you will attract buyers who may pass up the house if it looks drab. Sweep your sidewalks, add a wreath to the door, paint the darn door if need be or invest in a new front door! These are inexpensive ways to make your home look amazing even before buyers walk through the door.
#2....Kitchen and baths.....scrub, scrub and scrub some more. Make your kitchen and bathrooms shine and sparkle. Replace an old, worn toilet. Update with a new mirror and current light fixtures for the bathrooms. Replace discolored caulking around the tub, sink and toilet. New bath towels and a fresh bowl of potpourri will add freshness to a stale smelling bathroom. Scrub the grease off your wooden cabinets, deep clean your oven, microwave and dishwasher. Invest in new fixtures and for goodness sake, wipe down the countertops and put out some fresh flowers! Not a crumb in sight!
#3.....Pets....Oh how we love our furry friends. They bring us such comfort and unconditional love that we want them to live inside the house with us. Not a problem, but make sure there is no sign of Fido or Fluffy, when showing potential buyers. Please, do not ever leave a cat litter box or pet food & water bowls out where they will be seen or smelled. Pet odor is one of the biggest turn offs to buyers and most sellers are "nose blind" to their smells. If possible, take your dog on a walk or for a ride in the car instead of leaving them in a kennel or the backyard barking when strangers are touring your home. Believe me, I have been in hundreds of homes and this is something buyers will not overlook.
Botton line: When showing your home, present it in the best possible light. Investing a few hundred dollars in paint, flowers or light fixtures can add up to a few thousand dollars extra in your pocket at the closing table!
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