Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale

Are you about to list your home for sale with a professional real estate agent? Whether you’ve been transferred to another city for a professional opportunity, are upsizing or downsizing, preparing your home for sale can be a huge undertaking. Follow these recommendations from the real estate professionals to ensure you’re able to secure top asking price for your property.

Many buyers make snap decisions, both positive and negative, about a home as soon as they drive up. The value of positive curb appeal can’t be underestimated. Sand across the street from your home and evaluate the curb appeal. Make a list of items that need to be addressed. Start with the landscaping. Trim all the shrubs to below the height of the windows and away from the walkways and driveway. Edge beds and spread fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed. Address any deferred maintenance issues with windows, doors, shutters and gutters. Select a fresh coat of pain for the front door and shutters that compliments the exterior of the home. Place a large planter of colorful bedding flowers at the entrance to the front door to welcome guests and prospective buyers. After completing the work on the exterior, take advantage of the deals offered by Groupon coupon and snag an Aveeno coupon and apply a much needed moisturizer to your hands.

On the interior, clear all of the clutter from every room. Shine the windows on the interior and exterior. Complete any maintenance or repair jobs that have been started. Steam- clean all flooring and declutter closets and kitchen counters. Apply a fresh coat of light colored paint throughout the home. Power-clean the bathrooms and kitchen and update hardware as needed.

If there are any lingering smells in the home, leave the doors and windows open and run a fan after the source of the odor has been identified. Don’t attempt to camouflage the odor with artificial scents – these can offend some buyers worse than the original odor. Place fresh flowers on the kitchen table and be sure to board pets during any showing. Best of luck to you in securing top dollar for the sale of your property.