Remember, you have only one chance to make a first impression to potential buyers. Even minor changes to your home can make a big impact and enhance its marketability. Below is a list of things you can do to increase the value of your home:
Make a List of Special Features
Write down the fantastic and unique features of your property. What are some of the characteristics you truly love? What improvements have you made to your property recently? Be as descriptive as possible. Gather information such as the age of the roof, water heater, air conditioner, and furnace. These are important details to a prospective buyer. Your agent will use this information to design flyers and other marketing materials about your home to distribute to potential buyers.
Consider Curb Appeal
Many homes are sold before the buyers even get out of their car. Stand across the street from your house and review the curb appeal.
* Keep the lawn mowed and raked, shrubs trimmed, and the sidewalk swept.
* Plant shrubs or install fencing to block unpleasant views.
* Clean the exterior of your home. Wash off dirt and mold. Clear away cobwebs.
* Clean oil stains from the driveway and garage.
* Repair and/or paint exterior siding, trim, gutters, shutters, glazing, and window frames.
* Repair or replace the street numbers on the house.
* Make sure all exterior lighting is working.
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* Replace burned out lights.
* Clear away cobwebs.
* Keep areas clean and uncluttered. Organize and put away tools.
* Lubricate, adjust, or repair garage door.
Prior to placing your home on the market spend some time removing clutter. You want the prospective buyer to remember the architectural features of the house and not the furnishings you have in it. Potential buyers also need to be able to envision themselves and their own things in your home. For this reason, consider putting away family photos and other personal items.
* Hire professionals to do a deep cleaning. Cleanliness is a sign to buyers that the home has been well cared for.
* Clear out, clean and organize all storage areas, closets and cabinets.
* Clean and vacuum carpets. Replace worn carpet and use area rugs as needed.
* Apply a fresh coat of paint.
* Wash curtains and draperies.
* Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures. Check for cobwebs in all corners.
* Lubricate window slides. Make sure doors and windows close smoothly.
* Remove any items you do not want included in the sale. Examples include window coverings, light fixtures, or other items you intend to take with you.
Your agent may advise you on other changes that will make your home more appealing to buyers.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Ensure kitchens and bathrooms are spotless. These two rooms alone can sell a home.
* Clean all appliances inside and out.
* Replace all light bulbs (appliances included).
* Clean floors and light fixtures.
* Deodorize the disposal, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
* Neutralize odors and remove all mold and mildew.
* Repair leaky faucets. Make sure toilets flush properly.
* Test all electrical outlets.
* Unclutter counters and cabinets.
* Clean shower door or replace curtain.
* Remove soap residue and lime deposits from sink, shower, and bathtub.
* Put out fresh towels.
Create a Pleasant Atmosphere
For showings and open houses, create an inviting atmosphere for visitors. Potential buyers should have a pleasant experience which encourages them to remember your home’s positive attributes.
* Turn on all lights. Open drapes to allow natural light, as well.
* Light candles and put out fresh flowers.
* Play quiet background music.
* Turn on the air conditioner or heater so that your home is at a pleasant temperature.
* Be absent during showings and keep pets outside or take them with you when you leave.