WHEN GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL, YOU NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR HOUSE IN A NEW WAY.
Think of your house as product about to go on the market, where it is probably competing with brand new housing. It needs to show well, which means clutter-free and well kept. Today's homebuyers lead busy lives and may not be interested in taking on major repairs or improvements upon moving in. You need to make your house a "10" where possible.
DO FIX IT FIRST
If you need to make improvements to your home, do the work before it goes on the market. Potential buyers are not interested in hearing about your good intentions to look after defects, before a transfer of ownership takes place. Even if fix-up work is underway, buyers many not be able to visualize what your home will look like when the work is finished. They will just remember what needs to be fixed not what was already fixed.
Prune trees and shrubs, weed and mulch flower beds. If it is the right time of year, consider buying flower filled planters to enhance the eye appeal of your property. Make sure lawn is mowed regularly! The condition of your exterior walls directly affects the look and curb appeal of your home.
Clean your vinyl siding and take a look at the garage door and windows for any repairs and or paint.
Paint, stain, and or seal all windows, front door and front door handle.
Make sure your backyard deck and walkways are clean.
Replace any burned out bulbs.
DO CHECK YOUR HOUSE'S CURB APPEAL
How does your house look from the street? That is where prospective buyers will be when they first see your home: and, that is where they will form that all important first impression. Stand at the curb in front of your house and note what you see.
Don't Leave any clutter in your yard. Make sure you repair cracked or uneven driveway or walkway surfaces, and if your lawn has bald spots, apply some tope dressing and re-seed.
DO CHECK YOUR INDOOR APPEAL
A prospective buyer will usually enter through your front door first so, that is where you should begin your interior inspection. You want your buyer to see a neat, clean, well lit interior. Ensure that carpets are clean and floors are polished; and that walls and trim show fresh paint (preferably neutral or light colours). Buyers love to come into a home with a fresh coat of paint on the walls.
Ensure all your lights work and are free of cob-webs. You want your home to look spacious, bright and fresh.
Keep furniture to a minimum so these rooms do not appear smaller than they are.
Most problems with interior walls are cosmetic and can be repaired with spackling compound and paint, ensure doors and windows open and shut properly.
Remove or lock away valuables such as jewellery, currency, cameras and compact disks.
Fix the little stuff such as, dripping faucets trickling toilets, door bell, loose or squeaky hinges on doors and cabinets.
Last but not least Clean; bathrooms, sinks, floors, appliances, including your oven and hood range, cabinets inside and out, countertops, mirrors and windows ,light switch plates and cupboard handles and don't forget vacuum as needed. If you can purge, do so!
Don't leave clutter in sight. If there are any unpleasant odors in your home, try and track them down and eliminate them.
Try not to have a huge amount of family memorabilia about, consider thinning it out. Your objective is to help potential buyers feel as if they could live in your home. That mental leap is hard but it becomes more difficult for buyers if your house is all about your family.
Don't overflow rooms with books, magazines, toys and knick-knacks your eye is drawn to them as apposed to looking at the room it self. Ensure bedroom closets look spacious, organized and uncluttered.
Basements: If your basement is damp or musty, consider a dehumidifier. Like all other areas of your home you should try and have your basement organized and clutter-free.
Garage: Get rid of useless items and try to de-clutter.
Upgrades: Professional realtors such as myself and or decorators say the most important areas of your home to upgrade and modernize are the kitchens, bathrooms, floors and basements.