Selling Your Home

Where to Begin?

First Impressions

Remember what first attracted you to your house when you bought it? What excited you about it most? When deciding how best to present your home for sale, it is helpful to try to get back into that buyer’s frame of mind.

A spruced-up house makes a great first impression on potential buyers. An attractive property grabs their attention and makes them excited about finding
a house that looks and feels well cared for. Because buyers believe they’ll encounter fewer problems if they buy it, your house becomes more appealing and stands out from the competition. So if you prepare your home correctly, you’ll save time selling it when it’s on the market.

 A good first impression makes an impact on a number of levels. It’s not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, but how it feels and smells to them, how their friends and family will react, how they imagine it would be to
live there.

With simple improvements throughout your house, you can grab the attention of potential buyers and help them see why your house is right for them. 

Plan Ahead

Create a plan to enhance your property. Keep a notebook, and as you stroll through your home and yard, make a list of what needs to be done. Consider what your property looks like to people driving by or walking through your door. What will they like or dislike? What needs fixing, painting, and cleaning? What can you improve?

Whether you paint your house or fix up the yard, your efforts don’t need to be costly; even inexpensive improvements and minor repairs go far towards attracting serious buyers. But remember, those seemingly insignificant problems you’ve learned to live with can actually discourage potential buyers. 

Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist:

  • Windows, sills, and screens 
  • Walls and floor Ceilings 
  • Cupboards and drawers 
  • Kitchen 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Light fixtures 
  • Ceiling fans 
  • Carpet and rugs 
  • Mirrors 
  • TV/Computer screens
  • Garage 
  • Attic 
  • Basement 
  • Laundry room 
  • Yard Gutters 
  • Replace furnace filter 
  • Dust furniture 
  • Closets 
  • Remove clutter 
  • Pack personal items

Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist:

  • Leaky faucets and plumbing 
  • Torn screens 
  • Slow drains 
  • Gutters 
  • Loose doorknobs 
  • Deck boards 
  • Broken windows 
  • Electrical fixtures 
  • Water stain damage 
  • Broken appliances 
  • Damaged walls and ceilings 
  • Worn carpet and rugs 
  • Damaged sidewalks and steps

Improvements Checklist:

  • Stain or paint deck 
  • Store tools 
  • Roll up garden hose 
  • Paint or stain exterior 
  • Prune bushes and hedges 
  • Trim trees 
  • Mow lawn, fertilize, edge, and trim 
  • Weed gardens, plant flowers 
  • Shovel driveway/De-ice
  • Stack firewood 
  • Clean out birdbaths 
  • Caulk windows and doors 
  • Repair and paint fences 
  • Seal asphalt driveway 
  • Make sure doors close properly 
  • Enhance entryway 
  • Replace welcome mat

These elements are no secret – selling anything is about presenting it as favorably as possible, and a home is no exception. With the right Realtor® and the right presentation, you may find that selling your home is a painless, quick, and profitable process!