What are some tips to make my house show nicely and work properly when preparing to sell?

A buyer prefers a home that is in move-in condition and will pay top dollar for a home in such condition. It is important to be sure your home is in superior condition before listing it to sell. A good idea is to have a property inspection done on your home. This also looks good to potential buyers and helps them to feel more at ease about making a decision to purchase your home. An inspector will be able to recommend areas that need attention. Making these repairs prior to selling will help to reduce the risk of buyers trying to renegotiate the price due to repairs or problems that may arise from a private inspection conducted prior to closing.

Having your property in top condition will attract more agents to your home with potential buyers, providing you with an excellent chance to sell your home faster, and at top dollar.

Keep it Clean

Although you may be selling your house, you are also still living in it. It is very important to try to keep your home as clean as possible in between showings. Bathrooms especially can get dirty extremely fast. Soiled surfaces, mildew in the showers, soap scum residue, dirty shower tracks and old or stained bath mats will cause a showing to flop immediately. If the bathrooms in a house aren't kept up the entire home becomes undesirable. The kitchen is also an important area to keep after, as it can also get dirty fast. Be sure to keep the stove clean and the oven free from drips and stains. Range tops should have clean drip pans and the exhaust hood should be replaced as needed.

Selling a home can be a lot of work, but with all your efforts, they can pay off quickly and with a larger sum of money.
  • July 20 2011 - Rochester
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If it's in your budget you should bring in someone to stage or help edit what you have. While having a lot of furniture can make a room look bigger having too much, requiring people to step around a piece to walk through the room or to the window makes the room feel smaller.

Avoid dark colors, heavy drapes, wash the windows and bring in as much natural light as you can. If the home needs additional lighting it should be subtle. A series of lamps scattered throughout will point out the need for unnatural lighting.

Clutter shows that there might be insufficient closets or storage space so remove the pots and pans on top of cabinets, boxes on top of the bookshelves etc. If you have a wonderful art collection that's great but make sure that it doesn't upstage your home...that's what you're selling.

Clean and neat, as stated above, is a key factor as well so follow these tips and start packing...your new home awwaits you!
  • July 20 2011
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A fresh coat of a warm/neutral colored paint always helps along with new carpet!

  • January 09 2012
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Make sure it's clean and free from odor and clutter.

  • January 09 2012
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As advised, keeping the property neat and clear and "easy to show" works in providing a good presentation as does professional Staging.
Good luck
  • January 08 2012
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