A house that ‘sparkles’ on the surface will sell faster than
its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well-maintained.
(re-printed with permission | Realtor.com)
From experience, REALTORS® from Homesellers Realty also know
that a "well-polished" house appeals to more buyers and will sell
faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable
purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is maintained,
what they can't see has probably also been maintained.
In readying your house for sale, consider:
much should you spend
* exterior and curb appeal
* preparing the interior
How much should you spend In preparing your home for the
market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand
new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it.
There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive
"polishes" and "touch-ups" to your house, such as putting
new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and
doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Your
REALTOR® from Homesellers Realty , who is familiar with buyers' expectations in
your neighborhood, can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be
Don't hesitate to ask
for advice.Maximizing exterior and curb appeal before putting your house
on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible)
to maximize its exterior and interior appeal.
Tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:
the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
* Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and
* Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
* Clean and align gutters.
* Inspect and clean the chimney.
* Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
* Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
Northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
* During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in
pots, near your front entrance.
* Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
your garage door closed.
* Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
* Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
Maximizing interior appeal Enhance your home’s interior by:
* Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all
clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some
homeowners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage garages and moved
half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
* Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is
on the market. This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
* Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters,
closets, and attics, making these areas much more inviting. Since you're
anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great
necessary, repainting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral
shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be
applied to carpets and linoleum.
* Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement.
* Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and
* Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork.
Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
* Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads. Buying showy new towels for the
bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
* Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new
cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.