Preparing Your House To Sell

Preparing Your House To Sell

1. Hire a Real Estate Agent An agent experienced with the market in your neighborhood is the most qualified person to determine how potential buyers will perceive your house. 2. Curb Appeal Curb appeal is critical because many prospective buyers will only drive by your home. Ideally, you want every person who stops and looks at the house from the curb to be sufficiently enamored that they want to come in to see more.  Front Entrance The front door, porch and any surrounding windows and structures form the focal point for your home. A freshly painted door and polished door hardware can make a better first impression to potential buyers. Easy-to-read house numbers, a freshly painted mailbox and functioning porch lights are also important. The doorbell should work reliably. Sometimes a drab entrance can be dressed up with a couple of potted plants. Landscaping  Another major component of curb appeal is landscaping. This includes the lawn, plants and such structures as retaining walls, walkways and steps. The trees and shrubs need to be well trimmed. Garden beds should be well defined and freshly mulched. And, keep in mind that many homes have overgrown shrubs that hide the house and make it look smaller. Also, consider powerwashing the concrete surfaces to make them appear new again. Home's Exterior
Look at the rest of the front of your house. Is the siding clean? Is the paint in good shape? Are the windows clean and clear of spider webs? Are the gutters clean and hung securely?
3. Update the Kitchens and Baths  Kitchens and bathrooms can present problems. The question is whether renovating a kitchen or bath (or adding a bath) will ultimately pay for itself. If a kitchen is not updated, but is on par with the other houses on the market, no major changes need to be made. Often a fresh coat of paint, a new countertop and a new floor are sufficient to bring a kitchen up to speed without great expense. The same is generally true of bathrooms.  Declutter!!! 
The next major issue to consider when getting your house ready for sale is often the least expensive and the most troublesome: getting rid of clutter. This is where the advice of an honest outsider, or better yet, a professional organizer, is important. If you are unable to take on the clutter problem immediately, the best thing to do is to put things into storage until you're ready to sort through them or move. 

4. Floors, walls and Countertops
Regardless of the surface, if you are going to refurbish it, choose neutral colors. With floors, stick to lighter colors.
If carpets are in good shape, a professional cleaning will usually suffice. If they are old or stained, you are better off either replacing them, or removing them and refinishing the floor underneath. In the bathroom and kitchen, replacing an older vinyl floor can easily brighten things up. Use quality materials and avoid patterns and colors that are busy. Also note any tile or caulking problems.  

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Dated: March 3rd 2014
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