In our last article we discussed that most people have to sell a home to purchase their next home, and the process can be similar, there are many differences as well.
Inside your home there are many things you can do to put your homes best foot forward, here are a few suggestions:
After years of living in your house, clutter collects everywhere. Removing it is a challenge since you are attached to some of these objects. You may not even be aware how much you've accumulated. Bring in another set of eyes such as a friend or neighbor, and of course your agent, to help point out areas that appear cluttered. Remove as many personal items as possible - you want the buyer to visualize themselves as the homeowner and your personal effects could inhibit this process.
· Remove all items from window sills.
· All plants should be thriving and in decorative containers.
· Replace any burnt out light bulbs
· Dust all ceiling fans, light fixtures
· Clean all windows, interior and exterior, replace any cracked or broken panes
· Touch-up paint on trim, moldings and baseboards
· Be sure home is comfortable temperature, not too hot or cold
· Pick up toys and pet items (feeding dishes)
· Remove all personal pictures.
o Where photos were on walls replace with artwork, decorative plates, or simply place wrapping paper in the frames.
o If frames were on shelves fill that space with bottle gift bags with flowers, candles, books, greenery, baskets or vases.
Sell, donate or throw away items you no longer want or need. Rent a storage space to keep kick-knacks, photos, extra furniture, and other personal items. Essential items can be placed in a box and stored in a closet.
Create an open environment, free from clutter. Remove any extra furniture or objects blocking access to closets or cabinets. Keep walkways clear. Create as much space as possible. Allow the buyer's imagination to flow freely.
· Stick to one color scheme – white looks the most crisp
· Remove fuzzy toilet seat covers and toilet rugs
· Leave toilet seats down, replace any worn or cracked seats
· Hang towels on any empty towel bars or rings
· Remove plungers and toilet brushes
· Clean or replace any grout that is cracked, peeling, missing or mildewed
· Clean shower doors and walls
· Clean around light switches and door handles
· Be sure all doors open completely, smoothly and quietly (cabinets too)
· Leave nothing in, on or around sink
· Don’t cook any overly fragrant dishes (garlic, fish, cabbage)
o Bake fresh cookies or bread just before showings
· Arrange fresh flowers on nook table or in dining room
· Be sure stove/oven are clean and sparkling
· Organize pantry, cabinets
· Organize shelves
· Hanging items should be arranged by item, length, and color
· Line shoes up on floor or shelves neatly and in pairs
· Closets should appear spacious, uncluttered
Create a checklist of items to be done just before showings – create a space to “stash” things (a small drawer in each room). Keep checklist handy and be sure you check each item off.
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Getting you through the process is our expertise!
Reechia & Keith Powell