The following are excerpts from Realtor Dot Com.
Tips for Making Your Home More Saleable
Before you put your home on the market, there are some things you can do to differentiate
your house among the competitors.
When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the
outside, or "curb appeal" looks good, people will more than likely want to see what's on the
inside. Keep the lawn and landscape nicely manicured. Trim the bushes and season
permitting, plant some flowers. Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling. A
fresh coat of paint on the front door looks great.
Of all the rooms inside your home, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They
should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and
odor free. A fresh coat of paint just may do the trick. Have any leaky faucets taken care of.
A call to a plumber is a wise investment.
Since you want your home to look as spacious as possible, remove any excess or very
large furniture. Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter. Don't use
your garage, attic, or basement to store these extra things. These areas also need to have
the impression of space. Instead, put them into storage. Make sure walls and doors are free
of smudges and look for anything that might indicate a maintenance problem, such as
cracked windows, holes in the wall or stained ceilings.
Finally, if your basement shows any signs of dampness or leakage, seal the walls.
Quick tips for showings:
· Keep counter tops cleared
· Replace all burned out lightbulbs
· Open all drapes and window blinds
· Put pets in cages or take them to a neighbor
· No dirty dishes in the sink
· No laundry in the washer/dryer
· Clean or replace dirty or worn carpets
· Put on soft music
· Burn wood in the fireplace on cold days, otherwise, the fireplace should be clean
Always look at your home from the buyer's point of view. Be objective and be honest.
1136 Route 9
Wappingers Falls NY