10 Steps To Prepare Your Home For The Market Place

10 Steps To Prepare Your Home For The Market Place

 Often the first step in selling your home is making sure it’s ready for the market in the first place. By considering early on which improvements you may need to make, you will save yourself from unnecessary stress and worry in the future.
Here is how to prepare your house and turn it into a desirable and marketable home.
1.       Let go of your emotional attachment to the home. This is a great time to focus on the fact that this home will soon belong to another happy homeowner. Look forward to the future---and don’t look back! 2.       De-Personalize. Put away or pack up your personal items and pictures. These can be a distraction to potential buyers, and you want them to imagine their own photos on the walls.
3.       De-Clutter. Take advantage of your local community centers and donate (or throw away) items you have not used in over a year. Pack up knickknacks and put essential items you use every day in a box in a closet. Clear off all counter tops and bookcases.
 4.       Organize closets and kitchen cabinets. Buyers love to open all doors to check out space for storage. If your items are neat and organized it says a lot about how well you take care of the rest of the house.
5.       If you can – Rent a storage unit. Every home shows better with less furniture. You will want to showcase the room’s purpose, so leave just enough furniture with plenty of room to move around.
6.       Remove/Replace favorite items. If you have some favorite items in your home that you would like to take with you, such as window coverings, appliances or fixtures, now is a good time to put those away and replace them if necessary.
7.       Make Minor Repairs Consider painting your walls a neutral color, fix leaking faucets, doors that do not close properly, patch holes in walls and replace burned out light bulbs.
8.       Clean, Clean, Clean! Make your house sparkle.  Wash windows inside and out. Get rid of cobwebs, dust and apply caulk where needed. Clean out the refrigerator and especially air out any musty areas. Odors are a big no-no and the first thing buyers will notice upon entry. Do your best to remove your home of smoke or pet odors by washing the walls and cleaning all rugs and carpets.
9.       Have a plan in place for your beloved pets.  Most home buyers, being pet lovers or not, do not like to see your pets or their litter boxes in the home. If you can, it is always best to find a place for your pets to stay while your home is on the market. If this is not an option, do your best to keep their area clean and tidy and odor free. Put your pets in a carrier with a note asking buyers not to disturb them.
10.   Curb Appeal Stand back and take a look at your house from the outside. Make sure the sidewalks are clear, and the lawn is mowed. Trim the bushes and plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion and marigolds are inexpensive.  
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Dated: March 18th 2014
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