Selling Your Home!
The House That Sells . . .
First impressions count in creating desirability for a property and supporting the price!
It starts with “curb appeal”. An exterior should be so inviting, the prospect is almost SOLD before he goes through the front door. Consider:
- Placing planters or urns with fresh flowers or greenery at the front entrance or at the corners of the garage.
- A fresh coat of paint on the front door as well as replacing the hardware if weathered or broken making sure the door opens easily.
- Painting, pressure washing or replacing any bad areas on the outside of the house. This includes the siding, brick, stucco, porches, patios, walkways and driveways.
- Removing the screens from the windows, especially the front.
- Cleaning out the gutters and making sure down spouts are directed away from the foundation.
- Putting down fresh pine straw or mulch in beds and plant some bright colored flowers.
Once the prospect does go through the front door, the interior should be equally inviting. Consider:
- Minimizing obsolete items on kitchen and bathroom counters, straightening bookshelves, clearing out closets and giving the basement some sense of assemblage. Prospective buyers need to be able to see your house to appreciate its true size. Clutter can make a house seem small.
- Removing damaged or faded window treatments. A clean window with no treatments gives a much better impression than one covered by worn treatments.
- Replacing or throwing out old or damaged shower curtains, kitchen and bathroom towels and area rugs.
- Rearranging the furniture throughout the house so all rooms are adequately furnished, not too much or too little.
- Having carpets professionally cleaned and/or stretched.
- Repainting to spruce up drab areas or to neutralize unusual colors, removing or painting over outdated or very busy wallpaper, and re-pasting peeling wallpaper.
- Opening all blinds and shutters throughout, leaving lights on in key areas, and replacing burned out light bulbs. Light gives a welcoming sense of warmth and can give the illusion of larger space.
- Wiping off faucets, glass tops, doors and switch plates, cleaning inside and outside of appliances and the ventilating hood or underside of the built in microwave and keeping glass cleaner handy for last minute showings.
- Placing fresh flowers and plants. Daisies come in a variety of colors and can last up to three weeks.
- Simmering potpourri or burning candles before showings.
Prospective buyers are coming to view your house!
If they can envision it as their next home, your house will sell, faster!