Prepping your home for Sale

With the large inventory of homes for sale in the WIlkes-Barre/Scranton Area, buyers are able to properly.scrutinize. Most buyers WILL NOT look past clutter to the bare bones of a ggood home. Staging your home for an open house or potential buyer walk through, dosent have to be expense if you know the tricks of the trade :

  • Decks should at least be power washed.
  • Clean your gutters. Saplings are not supposed to grow there.
  • Wash windows and repair screens.
  • Make sure exterior light fixtures are clean and that they operate properly.
  • Get rid of dead leaves and stray limbs from your yard.
  • Re-sod bare patches in your lawn, and green it up with fertilizer
  • Trim trees and bushes and replace mulch that has faded.
  • If you have outdoor plant containers, freshen them up with new plants.
  • Don't forget your side yards and back yard.
  •  Sure, you could include a "carpet allowance" in the negotiations, but having nice looking, clean carpet already in place is better.
  • Repaint rooms that need it and use neutral colors.
  • Ensure that all handrails are sturdy and that stairways are well-lit. Replace all  light bulbs throughout the house.
  •  Have the chimney swept and have the fireplace inspected.
  • Fix leaks in kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. Tighten any loose fixtures.
  • Check all electrical outlets to ensure they work.
  • Replace furnace filters.  
  • De-clutter every room. This may require you to rent storage space
  • Trinkets  should be stored, but if you can't bear to store them, at least be sure they are clean and dusted.
  • Remove out-of-season clothing from closets and store it elsewhere.
  • Closet organizers are almost universally appealing to buyers.
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