100 Ways To Sell Your Home Faster And For More Money
Open the drapes, pull up the shades and let the light in throughout.
Turn on all lights, day or night. Open the curtains during the day
Install high watt light bulbs to show your home brightly
Remove clutter from each room to make them seem larger
Try to make your home look as spacious as possible
If there is a fireplace, feature it with the decor.
Keep your home as clean, dust free and vacuumed as practical, at all times
Make a family plan to get the home tidy and in order quickly if necessary
Air out your home one half hour before each showing if possible
Lightly spray the room with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse and air before buyers arrive
Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before the showing and place it in an out of the way place in the kitchen
Create a master suite effect in your decorating
Make sure that beds are made and the linens and curtains are fresh and clean
Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage during the selling process
Bathrooms should always be kept spotlessly clean
Do not leave towels around and wipe down the shower areas after each use
Recaulk if bathroom caulking is not clean and white.
Put out fresh towels and decorative soap for showings
Set the table. Highlight the dining room.
Keep the kitchen spotlessly clean.
Removing small appliances from the counters to make then look less cluttered.
Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner
Shampoo the carpets at the start and vacuum them regularly.
Consider replacing carpeting that will not come clean.
Improve the flow through rooms and create space by removing unnecessary furniture, personal effects, hobby and children's items.
Clean the grease from range hoods, ovens, stove tops, and walls.
Clean the fireplace and keep it clean in the winter.
Remove family photos while your home is under contract. Prospective buyers will visualize the home as their own.
Remove unnecessary items from the attic, basement, garage, tool shed, and the storage areas.
Rent a storage area for these items or have a yard sale to get rid of as much as possible.
Remove unnecessary items from all closets. Put unnecessary items in storage
Repair the front door bell if it doesn't work.
Invest in a new door mat
Make sure the front door, storm door, screen door work properly.
Create spacious feeling using decorating mirrors, rugs, accents and by removing unnecessary clutter.
Clean everything in your home from top to bottom.
Wash all windows, inside and out.
Curtains should be fresh, clean and attractive.
Clean all light bulbs, light fixtures to brighten the home
Remove all smoke odours, pet odours, and any other unusual odours.
Remove unnecessary items from all closets. Create the feeling of spacious closets. Put all unnecessary items in storage or invest in under-the-bed storage boxes
Remove posters and adhesive from walls and doors and putty any damage.
Depersonalize teenagers' rooms and decorate in a neutral manner.
Clean or paint the basement walls and floor.
Paint inside walls with off-white paint. Use two or more coats to cover bold, bright or dark walls
Walls should be painted to brighten the home and make it look bigger and more modern.
Repair or replace all doors, closet doors, or windows and screens so that they open properly
Repair any damaged handrails
Repair or replace broken tiles on walls, floors or in showers and tubs
Repair or replace loose or dangling wall paper
If the basement shows any signs of water or structural damage it may be necessary to obtain a structural engineer's report
Replace all toilet bowls if you cannot get them spotlessly clean
Replace shower curtains and keep them clean
Replace the washers in faucets and remove rust stains form basins
Water and trim all plants.
Use plants in transitional areas of your home between inside and out
Remove extension cords and exposed wires
Open doors to areas you want the potential buyer to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attic, basement, etc
Close all other closet doors and cabinets
Clean up the attic.
Air out the attic if possible
Add visual appeal to stairways, especially in unfinished stairways to the basement
Keep the yard mowed, raked, and maintained.
Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and any trash from the yard
Trees and shrubs should be trimmed
Lawns and gardens should be weeded
Use flowering plants to dress up the yard, walkways, and patio
Hoses and garden equipment should be out of sight
Outdoor furniture should be kept clean.
Firewood should be stacked neatly or out of sight
Mail boxes should be repainted if necessary.
Make minor repairs necessary to the exterior
Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, and patios should be cleaned and and in good condition
Paint entrance doors if necessary.
Shades or awnings should be in good condition.
Create an outside living/dining area with furniture and plants
Highlight your pool area, water garden, with lighting, benches, planters, flowering plants.
Take night time photos of decorative yard lighting systems
Take pictures of your flowering mature landscaping now if you are planning to sell your home later in the season
Display these photos in your home in the winter time
Clean and shine all accessories
Clean, repair and paint gutters and downspouts
All roof shingles and tiles should be secured or replace. If the roof leaks, have it repaired.
Make sure the garage door opens easily. Repair and paint the garage door if necessary
Paint chimney and replace broken bricks or stones
An investment in painting your home can really make the difference between attracting the buyer and sending up a concern about the condition of the home
Arrive at an equitable asking price using an appraisal or recent CMA data.
Negotiate and always consider accepting the first offer - sometimes it proves to be the best one.
Obtain a floor plan of your home if possible
Try to obtain a copy of the signed survey.
Assemble other important house records for buyer perusal such as tax statements.
Only consider written offers by lender pre-qualified buyers
Enlist the services of an experienced professional Realtor.
These suggestions are intended as TIPS and suggestions.
It starts with getting the right Realtor and paying close attention to the details that most affect a buyers impact.