Prepare Your Home for Sale

Have you decided that it’s the right time to sell your home? Whether you’re downsizing, up sizing or moving to another city all together, preparing your home for sale can be a daunting experience. Follow these recommendations from the professionals to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. The over-arching goal is to achieve the highest selling price possible.

While you can’t change the location or footprint of your home, you certainly can make it more appealing to potential buyers. One of the first ways a buyer judges a home is by its curb appeal. Spending a few weekends and a trip to Walmart using money saving Groupon coupons to ramp up your home’s curb appeal will be worth every hour and dollar spent. Tame the landscaping by trimming all the shrubbery below the windows and away from the walkways and driveway. Raise tree branches at least eight to ten feet from the ground to allow easy passage and grass to grow.  Retrench beds and apply fresh mulch or pine straw as needed. Address any deferred maintenance issue with gutters, doors, windows or shutters. Select a fresh coat of paint for the front door and shutters. Remind yourself that selecting a baby’s name is a huge decision; selecting a $25 gallon of paint is not. Update house numbers, mailbox, lighting and welcome mat as needed.

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On the interior, address the closets. Remove items from floor and empty out as much as possible. Rent a storage unit if necessary. If you’re closets are cram packed, the buyers will assume the home has inadequate storage.  Paint walls a pale shade throughout the home. Touch up baseboards, doors and molding as needed. Remove heavy curtains and blinds from windows to allow as much natural light as possible into the space. Shine the windows on the interior and exterior. Ensure all appliances are in working order – including the HVAC systems. Steam clean all floors and replace carpeting as needed.

Finally, leave windows open and run fans if there are any lingering odors in the home. Refrain from artificial air fresheners to camouflage the odors. Best of luck to you in getting top dollar for your home!

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