Tips for Selling a Home
You Never Get Another Chance To Make the First Impression: Paint or stain your front door; add polish to brass fixtures such as address numbers and door knobs; trim the bushes; plant colorful flowers; and lay down a new welcome mat.
Cut The Clutter: Have a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items; straighten the cupboards and closets; get rid of piles of paper that you haven’t had time to read.
Clean and Shine: Make sure your home is spotless and fresh-smelling. You may want to hire a professional carpet cleaner and air out any smoke or pet odors.
Paint: Your Taste May Be Unique. Tone down the colors and the wallpaper prints by painting or papering rooms in neutral colors like beige and white. These appeal to a greater number of people. Spackle is cheap. Fill holes and cracks first.
Fix Leaky Roofs and Other Moisture Problems: Water stains on the basement walls or bedroom ceilings can raise a red flag for potential buyers. If you cannot afford to fix water damage, explain the problems to the buyers…you will be liable for any problems you know about but don’t disclose.
Pay Special Attention To The Bathrooms: A bathroom must be sparkling. Buy new towels to be hung for showings only. Keep tubs and toilets clean. Keep all personal items out of sight.
Don’t Let Your Kitchen Look Lived In: Keep counter tops free of clutter; straighten up your cupboards and fix loose fixtures. Keep garbage changed.
Make Small Repairs: Little things are a mark of quality. Tighten loose knobs; fix leaky faucets; oil squeaky door hinges, fix screens.
Brighten Things Up: Make sure all the light bulbs are in working order. For night time showings, keep the lights on. For day time showings, open up the curtains and let the sun shine in.
Keep a Low Profile: Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX Sales Associates know buyers, what they need and what they want. Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.