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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Posted by John Hathorn on May 5, 2012
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The Following Article is from the Fall 2006 Newsletter.
  1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

 

  1. De-Personalize

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms.  You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there!

 

  1. De-Clutter
  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.

 

  1. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets

If a buyer sees how organized everything is it says you probably take good care of  the rest of the house as well.

  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

 

  1. Rent a Storage Unit

Almost every home shows better with less furniture.  Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage.

 

  1. Remove/ Replace Favorite Items

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now.  Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

 

  1. Make Minor Repairs
  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

 

  1. Make the House Sparkle!
  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Wax floors.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas.  Odors are a no-no.

 

  1. Scrutinize
  • Go outside and open your front door.  Stand there.  Do you want to go inside?  Does the house welcome you?

 

  1. Check Curb Appeal
  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.
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