Preparing your home for sale

You’ve decided to put your home on the market and you have a personalized market evaluation, now what? First you need to understand the difference between the way you live in your home and the way you sell your home.
Try to walk through your home from the driveway to the backyard with the eyes of a prospective buyer.
You never have a second chance to make a first impression.

The first thing a buyer notices is your homes exterior curb appeal, here are some tips to enhance your home’s curb appeal:
• Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
• Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
•Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
• 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.
•During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
•Keep 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.
Once the buyers are inside your home, you want to make sure they are focusing on the floor plan and highlights of your home. This can be accomplished with some simple steps to maximize your homes interior appeal. It’s a good idea to give every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market.
If there are deferred maintenance issues try to take care of these items before the first showing. Remember these little things reflect how you have maintained the home to a potential buyer.
• Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
•Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork. Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
•Repairing dripping faucets and shower heads.
Remember just because you have the shower curtain pulled to cover up the mildew and that jam packed closet door shut, doesn’t mean a buyer won’t see what’s behind.
Gather paperwork for your home in one folder. Buyers love to see lists of things you have done to upgrade or maintain your home. We encourage sellers to keep these folders on the counter for potential buyers to flip through.
Formulate a plan for showings. Try to prepare yourself for the inconvenience of showing your home. Come up with a plan to get pets, children and hopefully yourself out of the home during showings. It’s hard for a buyer to put themselves in a home when the seller is there watching them. If you must be at home with pets or children, try to take them on a walk or out in the backyard. Don’t feel the need to give guided tours, that’s what buyer’s agents are there to do.

Listen to your agent. If you have hired a real estate agent to represent you, listen to their feedback as well as feedback from showings. Take this insight into consideration in regards to things that you can change to help your home sell.