Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house — and end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospect walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.

1.  Have a Home Inspection

Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. You will have to disclose any flaws in your agreements.

2.  Get Replacement Estimates

If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t fund, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. If you think you will leave the appliances, find those manuals for buyers.

3.  Make Minor Repairs

Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems — sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets — as you can. These may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your house isn’t well maintained.

4.  Clear the Clutter/Stage the House

Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything, Clean your closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Buy storage totes and make everything look presentable. Put furniture into storage, the biggest things that clutter the useable space. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home.

Make the house look like it's been staged by Chip and Joanna. :)

5.  Do a Thorough Cleaning

A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can swing it hire a cleaning service, even just every other week.
If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.

Pay attention to details, too.

Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too. The more work you put into the house the better the chance of a quick sale!!


Real Estate Resource Associates