improving your home for maximum effect
First Impressions Can Make the Sale
To make a successful sale you must first prepare your property for the market. Creating a positive first impression can make the difference between actually finding a buyer and showing your home to many browsers.
There are a variety of things you can do to improve your home’s appeal. Before showing your property you should look at your home through a buyer’s eyes. Often when homeowners see their own home they fail to notice inherent flaws or imperfections. By looking at your property as objectively as possible, you can decide what improvements need to be made to attain the maximum effect. Sometimes the smallest improvements can make a significant difference in a potential buyer’s perception of your home. Finally, it is important to carefully stage your home to make a desired impression on potential buyers.
The following tips will help to give your home the “WOW” effect for buyer’s showings. Keep in mind, a potential buyer’s first impression is usually the most important and lasting one.
Basement, Attic, Garage
- Throw away or pack away all the clutter
- Make sure that stairways and doorways have plenty of light
- Keep basement bright with new paint or lighting
- Ventilate if weather permits, otherwise, use a de-humidifier
- Patch the cracks in the floors and walls
- Stack items neatly against the walls
- Clean, polish and detail.
- Remove any appliances from your counters.
- Eliminate foul odors by removing trash often.
- Repair any dripping faucets
- Keep fresh towels in the bathroom
- Remove stains from toilets, bathtubs and sinks
- Keep sinks and mirrors shining
- Unclog sinks and bathtubs
- Use a deodorizer in the bathroom area
- Replace old caulking around the bathtubs
- Have all plaster in top shape
- Check ceilings for leak stains
- Use white and neutrals if painting and redecorating
- Clean fireplace
- Wash windows and replace any cracked or broken glass
- All windows should open and close
- Keep draperies open, window shades up
- Replace burned out light bulbs
- Be sure every light switch works
- Discard items now that will be disposed of when moving
- Straighten up the closets
- Keep pets away during showings
- Lubricate any sticking or squeaking doors
- Turn off all televisions
- Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight.
- Cut back over-grown shrubbery and keep lawn mowed.
- Paint your house if necessary.
- Repaint front shutters, window frames, and front door.
- In winter, walkways should be free of snow and ice.
- Inspect roof and gutters for needed repairs.
- Place flowers outside of the front door.
When deciding which enhancements to make, be sure to ask your Two4One® Office/Agent for references to qualified vendors in your area who will help you with any of your home repair, home improvement and moving needs.
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