Preparing Your Home to Sell

March 9th, 2016

The last blog we talked about getting the exterior of the house ready for market.  Now let’s talk about getting the inside ready.  Spending a little time and money on the front end will bring you a quicker sale and probably a higher price.  Remember these two words……PAINT & CARPET!  Buyers love homes that have fresh paint and carpet.  So the message here is paint the rooms that are in need of painting and replace any old, dingy looking carpeting.

Make sure windows are washed both inside and outside.  Repair and/or replace any blinds that may need attention.  Check light bulbs in lights.  Replace any burned out bulbs.  This may sound crazy, but also make sure you clean the bulbs so they shine as brilliantly as possible.  If you have eco-friendly bulbs that take time to fully illuminate replace them with bulbs that provide instant light when turned on.

Check the grout in tubs and showers and replace if necessary.  If you are going to be removing any personal window treatments prior to selling, do that before you place your home on the market and then repair the walls accordingly if you remove any hardware.  Clean out closets as this makes them appear larger.

Now let’s go to the garage that nobody has touched in years!  I know, you don’t want to go out there.  Well, neither do your prospective buyers when it’s filled to the brim with “stuff” and looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in years.  Get rid of as much as possible, clean it and put a fresh coat of paint on it.  The garage is as important as the inside of the house.

Well that’s it for now.  Next time we’ll talk about staging the house for showings.  Thanks for visiting our blog today.  Hope you’ll come back often!

Doug and Jeanne

 

 

 

 

Getting your home ready to sell!

February 8th, 2016

Hello and welcome to our Blog!

Spring is fast approaching and many people are considering selling their homes.  We get calls frequently from owners asking us to consult with them regarding things that need to be done to prepare their homes for sale.  We thought we would throw out a few of the suggestions today that we offer people to help them begin the process.

Begin with the outside of your home.  Stand on the street and see how it really looks.  Remember, prospective buyers’ first impression of your home is the front exterior view.  Is the landscaping old and overgrown?  Maybe it’s time to replace some of it.  Definitely trim trees and shrubs to look well manicured.  Plant some colorful flowers in beds and in pots at the front door and remember to add some fresh mulch in your beds.  Dark mulch looks the best!

Okay, speaking of the front door!  Take a good look at your door.  So many people don’t pay much attention to their front door.  Does it need a new, fresh coat of paint?  It probably does!  What about the hardware?  There is nothing more uninviting than old, tarnished door hardware!  Yes, really!!!  Replace with something shiny and new.

Check out the windows.  Always have your windows washed before putting your home on the market.  It makes a huge difference from both the outside and the inside.  If you have fogged window panes have them replaced.

This blog gets us started on what to do on the exterior of the house.  Come back again and we’ll discuss getting the inside ready.  Thanks again for visiting today.

Doug & Jeanne