How to Get Your House Ready
From curb appeal to decluttering, make a commitment to focus on maximizing your home’s marketability.
The number one reason a home doesn’t sell in real estate is because the property is incorrectly priced.
1. Have a pre-sale home inspection
A qualified and experienced home inspector will usually find somethingthat should be corrected, upgraded, or repaired in every home that they inspect— even newly built homes!
Be pro-active and take care of these items; they will also show up on the buyer’s inspection, and if you wait until then you will lose valuable time.
Remedying problems before the home is on the market also
minimizes the likelihood that you will have a buyer back out of the deal because of the home inspection’s list of problems.
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2. Get replacement estimates
Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? These include items such as the roof, carpeting and appliances. Get estimates on how much it will cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will be handy when negotiations begin.
3. Find your warranties
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, pool, automatic irrigation system and any other items that will remain with the house.
4. Spruce up the curb appeal
Cut the grass, rake the leaves, lay fresh mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. For added curb appeal, paint the front door, buy bold new house numbers and place a pot of bright flowers near the entryway.
5. Remove clutter and clean
Make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Pack up your least-used items, such as kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys and exercise equipment, extra furniture and decor. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.
6. Don’t disregard minor repairs
Small problems such as sticky doors, clogged drains, torn screens, cracked caulking or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained.
Simple updates that will not break the bank!
1. Re-grout and re-glaze the shower and tiles.
2. Replace your kitchen cabinet fronts or have them painted if needed. You’ll spend a fraction of the cost of buying new ones.
3. Apply a coat of fresh paint inside and outside.
4. Shampoo your carpet.
5. Replace outdated light and bathroom fixtures.
6. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light.
7. Replace outdated hardware on cabinetry and doors.
8. Remove unnecessary items from the pantry, closets and all cupboards. Organize what’s left to make these areas appear roomier.