Hints to Sell Your Home
Courtesy of Myrl Jeffcoat
It is important to look at your
home as if you were a potential buyer. The following is a list of suggestions
that will help you focus your efforts to present your home in the best
The yard should be neatly mowed, raked and edged.
Should be pruned and shaped to compliment the property. Older
or overgrown plants should be trimmed to make the best impression of
Consider adding seasonal flowers. Consider top dressing the
garden with mulch. Keep area weeded.
Should be swept and washed to remove debris, dirt and stains.
Cracks should be repaired and patched.
Check the home for any needed maintenance just as a buyer
would. Repaint or touch up as necessary. You can't find a better
investment when you are selling your house! Don't let the outside turn
buyers off before the inside turns them on. Sometimes just painting the
trim will refresh the home. Consider a lighter color to update the home to
the current preference for colors.
All doors and windows should be in good working order. Clean
and paint doors if necessary, wash all windows and replace any broken or
cracked window panes. Screens should be free of any tears or holes.
Inspect all locks to ensure that they are functioning properly. Check
rollers on sliders so that they move smoothly, replace as necessary.
Check for loose or missing shingles. Clean out gutters and down
spouts. Touch up peeling areas on gutters.
When placing yourself in the potential buyer's shoes, you will
want to consider the overall atmosphere of your home. Keep color, lighting
and smell in mind as you go through the home. Create an atmosphere within
your home as one of shelter, a place that is safe and warm, and in good
condition. Remove furniture or items to allow the rooms to appear more
open and larger. Keep colors in light, neutral tones.
A clean-smelling house creates a positive image in the buyer's
mind. Be aware of any odors from cooking, cigarettes, pets, etc. that may
have adverse affects on potential buyers.
Be cautious when selecting colors when painting or replacing
carpeting. The key is to promote your home to the largest segment of the
buying market as possible. Stay with light, neutral colors - let the new
owner choose their own color scheme.
Take advantage of natural light as much as possible by cleaning
windows, opening blinds and drapes, etc. Add lamps and lighting where
necessary. Be sure that all fixtures are clean and have functioning bulbs.
Increase the wattage of the bulbs in darker areas.
Check for peeling paint, loose wall paper. Consider replacing
unusual or bold colors with neutral tones.
Clean all wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs. Clean and
polish linoleum, tile and wooden floors. Consider refinishing wood floors
Empty closets of off-season clothing and pack for the move.
Organize them to demonstrate the most efficient use of space. Minimize
items on floor and shelves.
- Furniture: Arrange furniture to give
the rooms as spacious a feeling as possible. Consider removing furniture
from rooms that are too crowded. Avoid clutter. Pack up knickknacks--both
to protect them and to give the room a more spacious feel if necessary but
leave enough items to give the home a personal touch. Dispose of unneeded
items. Store large furniture if necessary.
Clean and polish all woodwork if necessary. Pay particular
attention to the kitchen and bath cabinets.
Cleanliness is the key! Make sure that all surfaces are
spotless and remove non-skid decals that are in poor condition. Replace
worn or dirty shower curtains, clean and repair caulking, store all
personal care products out of sight. Repair any faucets that leak or do
not function properly. Clean off mineral deposits with vinegar or
commercial products. Clear off countertops. Clean and organize all
cabinets and drawers. Shampoo throw rugs. Consider bringing out your best
soaps and towels. Add a plant for color and freshness.
Sweep and clean the fireplace. Place a few logs on the grate to
create an attractive appearance. You are welcome to have a fire going
during showings - it creates a great atmosphere.
- Dining Room
Consider adding fresh or silk flowers, or setting the table
with an attractive arrangement.
Avoid clutter - store small appliances whenever possible to
maximize the appearance of work space. Clean and organize all storage
space. Sinks, cabinets, appliances counter tops should be clean and fresh.
- Storage Areas & Garage
Pack items neatly in boxes or arrange neatly. Sweep/wash garage
floor to remove dirt and stains. Organize tools, garden equipment, etc.
- Items Not Included In The Sale
Remove (and replace if applicable) any items that will not be
included in the sale of the property such as light fixtures.
Great West Realy
Greater Sacramento California