Good preparation can mean a faster/easier sale and more money in your pocket. Fixing obvious problems with your home will make it more attractive to buyers. And remedying serious issues will cut down on surprise costs on repairs found during the buyer’s inspection period.
A good way to find out what needs to be fixed in your home is to have an inspection done before you put your home on the market. An inspector will be able to tell you what aspects of your home need repairing. Having an inspection done before you put your house on the market will help you budget your time and money wisely and at your pace, rather than at the last minute when the sale is pending.
Follow these tips to get your home in beautiful, sales-friendly condition:
- Mow your lawn, trim your hedges, and add fresh mulch
- Remove any dead plants
- Put away tools, toys, and buildings materials
- Put away excess yard furniture and grills
- Pressure-wash and/or re-seal your driveway to make it look new
- Repaint anything with missing or peeling paint
- If you have outdoor pets, create a safe solution to keep them out of the way during showings
- Clean gutters
- Seal/power wash driveway
- Make sure your entryway is clean, neat and welcoming
- Give your front door a fresh coat of paint
- Add new, matching hardware to make a big first impression
- Clean all light fixtures and replace missing bulbs
- Have your carpet professionally cleaned or replaced if necessary
- Clear objects off window ledges to provide an unobstructed view outside
- Repaint unusual wall colors with white or beige
- Patch any holes and repaint
- Clear away clutter
- Move extra furniture to a storage facility. Your home should feel open, not cramped.
- Clean out closets so they appear bigger and more organized.
- Clean the fireplace
- Remove family photographs and excess knickknacks
- Remove unnecessary items from the vanity, shower, etc.
- Buy a new shower curtain
- Clean grout and replace or bleach discolored caulk
- Fix any leaks
- Clean your stove, oven and countertops
- Make sure all cabinet doors and drawers work properly
- Discard old or excess food and clean your refrigerator
- Remove magnets and pictures from your refrigerator
- Clear small appliances and knickknacks from your countertop