Home Preparation Guide
You want to sell your home, and you want to get the most for it you can. There are some simple tips that helps you attract a bid and can help stop the bidding process. First you need to place yourself in the position of the person who will be viewing your home. Remember you won't be there for the showing. Things that are important or have sentimental value to you will most likely not be of value to the viewer of your home. You wouldn't want to be in a home with the owners hovering over your shoulder talking about how they picked out the carpet, or fixed a light. The potential buyers viewing a home need to be conscious of the tangible benefits of that home. Because a great deal of emotion is tied to a home, it is impossible for the owner to be objective. Therefore we recommend the owner be absent at the viewing.
Try to imagine viewing your home as a stranger. Is it neat and tidy? Does it have a pleasant smell? Is it open and inviting? Is it brightly lit? Are there obvious small repairs that could be done? Is the yard neat and tidy? Are the garage, basement and attic neat and tidy? Maybe you've noticed the words neat and tidy several times. A perception of uncleanliness is an immediate turnoff to viewers of your home.
If you give your home a thorough cleaning, paint it with a fresh coat and do yard work, you will make a good impression. Choose neutral colors with paint. Shampoo any carpets and wax hardwood floors. You want your home to be perceived as ready to move in. Cut and edge your lawn and trim any hedges. It's also time to clear out your storage areas and unnecessary clutter. Home viewers are going to see every part of your home so there are no hiding places for clutter (closet, basement, attic). You may also want to consider moving your car out of the garage to give it a larger appearance.
Remember a home should look clean, bright and uncluttered. Although it may be a lot of work, these things will help tremendously in the sale of your home.
- Does the house look clean and smell fresh and clean?
- Does the entryway or foyer need paint?
- Does the carpeting need cleaning?
- Are drapes cleaned and pressed?
- Have the fireplace and hearth been cleaned?
- Are there scuff marks or fingerprints on walls?
- Do closet doors open and close easily?
- Are kitchen counters free of clutter?
- Are windows clean?
- Are blinds dusted?
- Are fingerprints removed from halls and stairways?
- Have stains been removed from sinks?
- Have the oven and range been thoroughly cleaned?
- Are closets neat, organized, clutter-free?
- Has clutter been removed from halls and stairways?
- Has the garage been cleared of junk and debris?
- Do lights and switches require repair?
- Are leaky faucets repaired?
- Are the attic and basement free of clutter?
- Are doorknobs tight and working?
- Is the entire house free of unpleasant odors?
- Does the house have curb appeal?
- Do doors, windows, shutter and trim require paint?
- Are gutters and downspouts unclogged?
- Is the lawn neatly trimmed and edged?
- Are the garden and flower beds weeded?
- Are bushes, trees and shrubs trimmed?
- Are light fixtures operating properly?
- Are windows clean and unbroken (not cracked)?
- Are screens clean and free of holes?
- Is there trash or debris that requires pickup?
- Have grass and weeds been removed from walks?
- Do doors and windows open and close easily?
- Is the entryway clear of toys, tools and clutter?
- Are doorbells in good operating condition?
- Are railings secure and painted?
- Are pet areas clean and odor free?
- Do garage doors open easily?