Home Selling – Selling Your Home? Where Do You Begin?

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Selling Your Home? Where Do You Begin?

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First Impressions

Remember what first attracted you to your house
when you bought it? What excited you about its
most appealing features? Now that you’re selling
your home, you’ll need to look at it as if you were
buying it all over again.

A spruced up house makes a great first impression
on potential buyers. An attractive property grabs
their attention and makes them excited about finding
a house that looks and feels well-cared for. Because
buyers know they’ll encounter fewer problems if they
buy it, your house becomes more appealing and
stands out from the competition. So if you prepare
your home correctly, you’ll save time selling it when
it’s on the market.

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A good first impression makes an impact on a
number of levels. It’s not just the way your house
looks to potential buyers, but how it feels and
smells to them, how their friends and family will
react, how they imagine it would be to live there.

With simple improvements throughout your house,
you can grab the attention of potential buyers and
help them see why your house is right for them.

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Plan Ahead

Create a plan to enhance your property. Keep a
notebook for your selling project, and as you stroll
through your yard, make a list of what needs to
be done. Consider what your property looks like
to people driving by or walking through your door.
What will they like or dislike? What needs fixing,
painting, cleaning? What can you improve?

Whether you paint your house or fix up the yard,
your efforts don’t need to be costly; even inexpensive
improvements and minor repairs go far toward
attracting serious buyers. But remember, those
seemingly insignificant problems you’ve learned to
live with can actually discourage potential buyers.

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Below are some ideas for increasing your home’s appeal to the widest range
of Prospective Buyers in order to sell it quickly and at the best price possible:
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1. Clean Everything.

Buyers expect a spotless house, inside and out. So clean everything, especially your windows and window sills. Scrub walls and floors, tile and ceilings, cupboards and drawers, kitchen and bathrooms. Wash scuff marks from doors and entryways, clean light fixtures and the fireplace. Don’t forget the laundry room. And put away your clothes.

2. Cut the Clutter.

People are turned off by rooms that look and feel cluttered. Remember, potential buyers are buying your house, not your furniture, so help them picture themselves and their possessions in your home by making your rooms feel large, light, and airy. As you clean, pack away your personal items, such as pictures, valuables, and collectibles, and store or get rid of surplus books, magazines, videotapes, extra furniture, rugs, blankets, etc. Consider renting a storage unit to eliminate clutter in your garage and attic.

It’s hard to get rid of possessions, but cleaning and clearing out the clutter can really pay off in the end. Packing away your clutter also gets you started packing for your next move. Make your garage and basement as tidy as the rest of your house. Simple little tasks such as storing your tools and neatly rolling up your garden hose suggest that you take good care of your house. Don’t let anything detract from making your best first impression.

3. Closets.

They’re an important consideration to many buyers. By storing clothing you won’t use soon, you’ll make closets look spacious.

4. Paint.

A new coat of paint cleans up your living space and makes it look bright and new. To make rooms look larger, choose light, neutral colors that appeal to the most people, such as beige or white.

5. Carpet.

Check its condition. If it’s worn, consider replacing it. It’s an easy and affordable way to help sell your home faster. Again, light, neutral colors, such as beige, are best. If you don’t replace it, you can suggest to potential buyers that they could select new carpet and you’ll reduce your price; buyers like to hear they’re getting a deal. At the very least, have your carpet cleaned.

6. Repairs and Renovations.

It’s best to avoid making major renovations just to sell the house since you’re unlikely to recoup those costs from your selling price. Make minor repairs to items such as leaky faucets, slow drains, torn screens, gutters, loose doorknobs, and broken windows. Make sure repairs are well done; buyers won’t take you seriously if your home-improvement efforts look messy, shoddy, or amateurish.

7. Leaks and Moisture.

Water stains on ceilings or in the basement alert buyers to potential problems. Don’t try to cosmetically cover up stains caused by leaks. If you’ve fixed the water problem, repair the damage and disclose in writing to the buyer what repairs were made.


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1. Curb Appeal.

The “Wow” factor — that first visual, high-impact impression your home makes on potential buyers — can turn a looker into a buyer. To determine your property’s curb appeal, drive through your neighborhood and note other properties; then approach your own house as if you were a potential buyer. How does it look? Does it “wow” you? Will its curb appeal attract buyers? Note what needs improving, such as trimming trees, planting shrubs, or painting gutters. Little things convey that you’ve cared for your home, and this is your opportunity to sell that important message to buyers who are shopping from the street, simply cruising neighborhoods just looking for houses for sale. To get them through your door, do what you can to make your property look like someone’s dream home.

2. Paint/Stain.

If it’s peeling or blistering and you can’t remember the last time you painted it, your house needs some attention. That also goes for stain that is significantly faded. A newly painted or stained exterior will help sell your house faster. And whether you do it yourself or hire someone, you’ll also increase your home’s value.

3. In the Yard.

Grab people’s attention by enhancing your yard and landscaping. If your house looks inviting and well-maintained from the street, people will imagine that it’s attractive on the inside, too.

  • Prune bushes and hedges; trim trees.
  • Keep your lawn looking healthy and green by mowing it often,
  • fertilizing it, and keeping it edged and trimmed.
  • Clean up and dispose of pet mess.
  • Weed your gardens; add fertilizer and mulch; then plant colorful flowers.
  • In winter, keep your driveway and sidewalks shoveled, de-iced, and well-lit.
  • Stack firewood, clean out birdbaths, repair and paint fences.
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4. The Front Door.

An attractive entry catches a buyer’s eye and says, “Welcome,” so highlight this area of your house with decorative touches, such as a wreath on the door or new shrubs and flowers around the steps. For an even grander entry, clean and paint your front door, or replace it with a new one for a few hundred dollars. Don’t forget to fix and polish doorknobs, repair torn screens, and then put out that new welcome mat.

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Before Placing Your Home on the Market:

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Repair or Replace
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____  Leaky Faucets and Plumbing
____  Torn Screens
____  Slow Drains
____  Gutters
____  Loose Doorknobs
____  Deck Boards
____  Broken Windows
____  Electrical Fixtures
____  Water Stain Damage
____  Broken Appliances
____  Damaged Walls and Ceilings
____  Worn Carpet and Rugs
____  Damaged Sidewalks and Steps
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Make Improvements for Maximum Buyer Appeal
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____  Stain or Paint Deck
____  Store Tools
____  Roll Up or Neatly Store Garden Hoses
____  Paint or Stain Home Exterior
____  Prune Bushes and Hedges
____  Trim Trees – Make Sure They are not Touching the House
____  Mow Lawn, Fertilize, Edge and Trim
____  Weed Gardens, Plant Flowers for Maximum Curb Appeal
____  Shovel Driveways and De-Ice as Needed
____  Neatly Stack Firewood
____  Clean Out Birdbaths
____  Caulk Windows and Doors
____  Repair and Paint Fences
____  Seal Asphalt Driveway or Resurface if Needed
____  Make Sure All Doors Close and Lock Properly
____  Enhance Interior and Exterior Entrances
____  Replace or Put Out a Clean Welcome Mat
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While Your Home is on the Market, Keep Yourself
Organized with the Following Checklist:

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Clean and Maintain
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____  Windows, Sills and Screens
____  Walls and Floors
____  Bathroom and Floor Tile
____  Ceilings
____  Cabinets and Drawers
____  Kitchen Countertops, Appliances and Sink
____  Bathrooms Countertops, Toilets, Tubs/Showers and Sinks
____  Light Fixtures
____  Ceiling Fans
____  Carpet and Rugs
____  Mirrors
____  Garage
____  Attic
____  Basement
____  Laundry Room
____  Yard – Mow Lawn, Fertilize, Edge and Trim
____  Keep Gutters Clean and Free of Debris
____  Replace Furnace Filters Regularly
____  Dust Furniture, TV and Computer Screens Often
____  Keep Closets Clean and Neat
____  Remove Clutter
____  Pack Away Personal Items in Preparation for Your Move
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