10 Ways to Make Your House More Salable
1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most small decorative items. Store out-of-season clothing, makes closets seem roomier. Clean garage.
2. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.
4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows.
5. Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
6. Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained.
7. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.
8. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.
9. Clean your gutters.
10. Polish your front doorknob and door numbers.
5 Ways to Speed Up Your Sale
1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property's realistic price range.
2. Get your house market ready for at least two weeks before you begin showing it.
3. Be flexible about showings. It's often disruptive to have a house ready to show on the spur of the moment, but the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you'll find a seller.
4. Be ready for the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you'll find acceptable.
5. Don't refuse to drop the price. If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower your asking price.
Preparing your house for sale means showing it off in its best light to maximize your sale! I will review your house and advise you with the eye of a buyer and a real estate professional. Your home should be staged so as to be attractive to a buyer, which means de-personalizing it so the buyer can imagine his/her belongings in the home. Below is a list of considerations and suggestions to help you put your home in shape for a successful sale.
You only have one chance to make a first expression.
Ongoing maintenance until your house sells.