Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Get Your Home Ready to Sell:

There are countless things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers and help you get the best price. In addition, consider hiring a professional home inspector yourself and repairing the items they find in their inspection. Here are some specific ideas:

l Clear out all excess items in and around your yard. Refresh your landscaping rock, clean your grill, pull weeds, prune trees, power-wash and remove stains from hard surfaces.

l Reseal cracks in the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Repaint inside and out using neutral colors. Repair and clean gutters and downspouts

l Repair all leaks along with the resulting damage to walls and ceilings. (Be sure to properly address and disclose any mold or other concerns)

l Wash the windows inside and out. Make sure the house address is clear from the street and the home is well lit.

l Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.

l l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

l Consider replacing old toilets, sinks and countertops if they are worn, stained or damaged.

l Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.

l Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors. 

l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it. 

l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks. Make sure all doors and windows are fully functional.

l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

l Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.

l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways and wash all light switches and door handles.

l Declutter the entire home including storage spaces. Donate it, sell it, put it in storage off the property. (Consider renting a storage unit for a few months).