1. MAKE THE MOST OF THAT FIRST IMPRESSION
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
2. INVEST A FEW HOURS FOR FUTURE DIVIDENDS
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration Fresh paint adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, “with a little work.”
3. CHECK FAUCETS AND BULBS
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
4. DON’T SHUT OUT A SALE
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
5. THINK SAFETY
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby raps; rollerskates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your resident as on-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
We’ll be back soon with more ideas on Selling Your Home.