Making Your Home Ready for Selling

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A buyer can often receive a premium for their home if it is sold in pristine, move-right-in condition. Deciding to sell your home is just the first step; you must then make it ready for sale.

The first step is figuring out what your home needs to have done. An initial property inspection is a good start, and will give you a basic idea of where you should begin. Potential buyers prefer to purchase from a thoughtful seller, and performing repairs before you even begin taking offers will get you started off on the right foot. This should relieve a bit of the buyer’s anxiety with the process.

The buyer will have their own inspection done before closing, which is when they may attempt to re-negotiate. Having already ordered your own inspection and made the appropriate repairs will remove this weapon from the buyer’s arsenal.

A property in pristine condition is what a realtor loves to show, and your property will get shown more often. Obviously, more visits mean more exposure, and more exposure means more potential offers, and perhaps a much higher price.

Here is a short checklist of things you can do to spruce up your property in advance of putting it on the market.

The Exterior

  • Paint: It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, house or a lawnmower, a fresh coat of paint makes anything easier to sell. Before you begin to paint, perform the proper prep work. This means scraping or sand-blasting the old coat of paint, repairing gutters or downspouts, replacing rotted wood and inspecting all the trim.

  • Front Entrance: Special attention should be paid to this area, as it will be the first impression you make. All trim and woodwork should have a new coat of paint or stain, including the door itself. Broken or worn doorbells should be fixed and/or replaced. A nice new doormat is a good touch as well.

  • Yard: This is all fairly common sense stuff. Mow the lawn, remove the weeds, maintain the flower bed, replace any dead plants, etc. You don’t need to have a green thumb; you just need it to look like you do.

  • Driveway: Tidy up the driveway and clean up any grease or oil spills. Make sure the garage doors work properly and freely. If it has an automatic opener, make sure that is full operational.

  • Patio: A nice new set of outdoor furniture can add some “curb appeal.” If you must, borrow some from a friend or neighbor.

  • Pool: If you have a pool, make sure the chemicals are adjusted, and that it sparkles. Keep the pool area kept clean and tidy.

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This article was published on 2011/04/11