Preparing your Home for the Market

When potential buyers visit your home, there are many little things that you can do in advance to help influence their decision. First impressions are important. In fact, potential buyers will form an opinion about your home within the first 15 seconds of their visit. Small details can make a big difference and have a significant effect on the perceived condition of your home.

We are sure you’ll find these suggestions helpful. In our experience they can have a dramatic effect on the final selling price of your home.

These areas are most important;
 Kitchen – Stove, refrigerator, sink should be spotless; all work space clear.
 Bathrooms – Neat, spotless and fresh;
 Closets – Untidy or over-crowded closets suggest inadequate storage space.

In addition to the above, the following should be considered:
 Lawns & Yards – Remove clutter, cut grass, edge walks, trim hedges, weed gardens.
 Front of house – Paint, fix, or wash railings, steps, storms, screens, and front door.
 Other exterior – Paint, fix, or wash doors or windows.
 Garage – Straighten up; paint, fix, or wash doors and windows.
 Plumbing – Repair dripping faucets, leaky toilets.
 Heating & Cooling – Clean exterior of unit and make sure it operates quietly.
 Promote a feeling of spaciousness – Store unneeded items and furniture to make your rooms feel and appear larger.
 Lights – Replace all burned out bulbs and faulty switches
 Hall & Stairs – Remove any clutter to enhance the perception of space.
 Hardware – Oil hinges, tighten door knobs, fix faucets.
 General conditions – Dust, wash, paint; fix defects as required.