KEYS TO SUCCESS
BUYER EYE CANDY
Refinishing hardwood floors. Having Hard or soft hardwood floors is a selling feature. If yours have serious wear-and-tear refinish them. If you have to pick and choose where to do this, prioritize primary living spaces, such as the living, dining and kitchen.
Tile. Only replace tiles that are broken. This too may become a funding condition for appraisers. While your at it, schedule the grout to be cleaned! If planning to clean your carpets, hire a professional who can do both; clean carpets and tile grout. Do this in the shower as well. If there is just one or two very minor cracks, don’t worry about it!
TINS OF MAGIC
If you have chipping or peeling paint, it’s a “must” especially in older homes, where there is fear of having lead-based paint.
Painting is something that all of us say “I can do that!’ and 9 times out of 10 after we do it, are wishing that we hired a professional. If you don’t have a steady hand or properly tape off transitions, it will look like a 4 year old just painted your house. And it’s not just me that will notice! Let’s say we’re just painting a bedroom – I am much more compelled to say “go for it!” But when it comes to larger spaces or the entire interior or exterior of a home, hiring a professional painter is the route you want to go.
A MUST DO
- Remove the screen on your windows and wash both the inside and outside window panes. You’ll be amazed at how much more natural light is brought into the home.
- Clean with vinegar. Odors are a big deal. Although the smell is initially strong, it will dissipate and leave your home more odor free. Using strong incenses or plug-ins can be a major turn off for buyers who are sensitive to smell.
- Clean the blinds and drapes. If they are in poor condition removing them altogether maybe advised. All window treatments are said to transfer with the home upon the sale. If you want to keep them, be sure to tell me, so we can include this in the contract!
- Paint your basement. If you have an unfinished basement, specifically one that could be finished (proper ceiling height needed) painting the walls an off white, will help it feel more useable and bright.
PREPARE FOR INSPECTORS
Moss on your roof? Have a professional roofer clean it. DO NOT pressure wash your roof yourself. If improperly done, granule loss can be significant and worst case, require a new roof. If you are starting to prepare your home for sale a few months in advance – kudos to you. Rather than pressure wash moss, use chemical that eats away at the moss. Weather and time permitting, this could be another option.
If all of your systems are old, but fully functioning I completely agree with the phrase “If it ain’t broke, why replace it?” We may need to offer the buyer reassurance and a Home Warranty can do just that. We’ll discuss this later should it come up during the inspection.
HIGHLIGHTING EACH SPACE
- Remove the TV’s. They don’t photograph well. If there is a media room or it’s hung on the wall, perhaps it can stay. But plan to watch the Hawks game at a local pub or friends house until we sell your home!
- Less is more.
- Clear the Countertops. Aside from a few “cute” items and green plants, leave your kitchen, dining and bathroom countertops clear. Depersonalize. Take down personal photos of yourself, family friends. Leaving a few up is fine, but having your stairwell lines with family photos impedes the buyers ability to envision your home as their own. That and they will somehow know your life story and you won’t even know it… kind of weird.
IT'S WORTH IT
I’ll provide you with reputable, licensed, local professionals whom you can count on getting the work done, on time. If you don’t have the funds immediately available to do some of these items, the professionals may consider getting paid at closing for their services.