Five Tips to Prepare your Home for Sale

Five Tips to Prepare your Home for Sale

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Taking a little time to get your home ready for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.

Following are 5 things you can do to accomplish that goal.

1. Have a Home Inspection

Consider having a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector can make

you aware of items that could cause potential Buyers to eliminate your home from

consideration or make a lower priced offer. If you make repairs before putting your

home on the market it removes those issues from the equation.

2. Get Repair Estimates

Gather up warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for appliances, fixtures, even

building components such as the furnace, flooring and windows. If your home inspection

uncovers necessary repairs check to see if they may be covered under a warranty or

homeowners insurance. If they aren’t and you can’t manage to pay for the repairs get

estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the

home and the repairs.

3. Make Minor Repairs

Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems—sticky doors, torn screens,

cracked caulking, dripping faucets—as you can. These may seem trivial, but they’ll give

buyers the impression your house isn’t well maintained.

4. Clear the Clutter

Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by packing

up items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Install closet organizers to maximize

space. Consider putting large furniture pieces, such as entertainment centers and big

televisions in storage. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to

depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly

arranged in your garage or basement.

5. Do a Thorough Cleaning

A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for.

Wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes

to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards,

mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over. Pay

attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the

cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too.


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