Getting Your Home Ready to Put on the Market

Tip #3

Remember in my last blog I reminded you that with a surplus of  inventory, the pretty ones will sell at a higher price in the least amount of time.  So,  in addition to the carpeting and lighting some repairs may need to be made.


Look at your home with the eyes of a buyer and repair and repaint cracks on all walls and ceilings.  Repair or replace broken light switches and switch plates.  Clean any dirty areas around them.  Keep all curtains and blinds open during the day to let in light and allow buyers to enjoy the views.  The extra cost of additional heating or air conditioning is a necessary cost of selling so open the curtains and keep the temperature at a comfortable temperature.  Buyers and their Realtors (who are human although there has been some debate) will not want to remain inside the house long if it is an uncomfortable temperature. Important to remember that a comfortable temperature is one that appeals to the majority, not necessarily to you.   Reduce the number of pillows on couches to zero or two.  Remove all afghans and blankets (there are occasional exceptions to the pillow and afghan rule).  Pack up all valuable items and prescription drugs to protect them.  If necessary, take them to a safe deposit box or invest in a small fireproof safe.

Take a hard look at those beloved house plants.  In most cases they need to be pruned and/or the number reduced to create more space.  If they don’t look super healthy or are just barely clinging to life then give then away if you don’t want to bury them.  Make sure they are not covered in dust.  Most houseplants don’t make the best “greenery” accent piece.  Over the years, I have seen many, many, old, really old philodendron which are long and viney and very sparse.  Get unattached to those unattractive plants.  Every suggestion is not going to apply to you but if you will take all of them to heart and take a good look at your property, the pay-off will make you smile.

In my next blog…Tip #4 on “Getting your home ready to sell”.

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Published in: on October 27, 2009 at 2:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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