The first impression someone will get of your home is when they pull into the driveway. So make sure it looks good. Keep trashcans out of sight and the yard free of debris. Make sure the lawn is cut, weeds are pulled and the trees are trimmed. Walk out to the sidewalk and take a look. Do you notice that the windows look dirty? Are the gutters full of leaves? Do you see cobwebs in the front door entrance? These are things that a buyer is sure to notice upon arrival.
Now that you have interest peaked, keep up this positive image inside of your house as well. When a potential buyer walks into your home for the first time, expect them to be critical of every little detail. Do not become defensive of this, it’s a natural reaction. Instead be ready for it. The old saying that I was told when I first started real estate was “Light, Bright, And White sells”. So if you are planning on painting or remodeling your home before you sell it try to stay with brighter, neutral colors. Keeping your house clean is very important. Buyers will be paying special attention to the baseboard, doorjambs, and windowsills. Make sure you pay special attention to all the nooks and crannies of your home, and consider repainting rooms that are starting to look a little rough. Make your carpets and floors look as new as you can. Shampooing carpets to get out dirt and stains will give your floor a fresh cared for look. The two most important rooms in the house are the kitchen and the bathroom. These rooms are often the most looked at rooms in the buying process. Make sure tiles and grout are clean and in good repair. Bleach the tub and sink in order to make them sparkling white. If you have a dripping faucet, repair it. Make sure the tub and toilet are clean and free of molds and mildews. Consider re-caulking if needed.
Once you have cleaned, scrubbed, repaired, and cleaned some more, take one more walk through your home. This time walk through as though you were the buyer. Take note as too what you like, and don’t like. Spruce up things that can be spruced up rather easily, and consider your options on items that will require more work and cost. I hope you have found this information useful. If you have any questions about listing your home, or have any other Real Estate need please feel free to call me anytime or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.