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Make a great first impression

Here are some winning ways to make sure buyers “fall in love” with your home.

When you have lived in a house for a while it becomes difficult to see how it really looks to others. Invite a friend over to help you scrutinize and ask them to be truthful in what they see. Is it dark? Is it unappealing? And there are pet odors? The more we can do upfront to get your house ready, the easier the process will be and the more offers we will get. Here’s a list of items you should pay special attention to.

1
CURB APPEAL
Buyers make up their minds about your house at the front door. The rest of the house can only talk them out of what they’ve already decided.

  • Have your landscaping freshened up. Trim shrubs, have grass cut and edged and plant flowers
  • Make sure the front door is freshly painted or cleaned, change or polish hardware and make sure the lock is easy to use.
  • Purchase new house number, mailbox and doormat and make sure your entrance is well lit.
2

DECLUTTER

  • Look at every surface, drawer and closet and clear off, clean out and organize.
  • Make 3 piles. One for “toss”, “donate” and “pack”. Sort everything. Box up the things your choose to pack and put the boxes in a garage, or storage facility.
  • Clean EVERYTHING off of the kitchen countertops. One coffee maker or knife block is ok, but too many items are distracting.
3
REPAIR NOW
Small maintenance items should be done now. When buyers see burned-out light bulbs or loose doorknobs they start to wonder about the condition of the big-ticket items.

  • Inspect all doorknobs, tiles, closet doors, faucets, fans, etc
  • Make sure there are no leaks, rattles, or old run-down looking items.
  • Hire a handyman for a few hours now and it will pay off not only in getting your house sold, but it will help the buyers feel positive about the house when the inspection comes around
4
CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
We cannot express the importance of having your house spotless when it goes on the market. Cleanliness says that the house is in good shape.

  • Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and if possible, hire a professional maid service.
  • Clean the inside of your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher and microwave
  • Have the windows professionally cleaned.
  • Vacuum cobwebs, and baseboards, even in the garage.
  • Power wash the exterior walks, porch, walkways etc.
5
DE-ODORIZE
No smell is a good smell when it comes to selling your home. Smoke, pet odors, and food smells are big turn-offs.

  • Make sure kitty litter is cleaned daily and the litter box is in an inconspicuous spot.
  • Avoid cooking foods with strong odors
  • Avoid strong air fresheners
  • Do not bake cookies or bread to create atmosphere