DRESS YOUR HOME FOR SUCCESS!!!FOR YOUR INFORMATION!!!!

A CHECKLIST TO HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR THE BEST PRICE IN THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME

NOW THAT YOU'VE MADE THE DECISION TO SELL YOUR HOME, YOU'LL WANT TO LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY. IT'S NOW A HOUSE FOR SALE AND LOOKING THROUGH "BUYERS EYES" CAN HELP YOU PACKAGE IT TO SELL MORE QUICKLY.

DRESSING YOUR HOME FOR SUCCESS DOESN'T NEED TO BE EXPENSIVE OR OVERLY TIME-CONSUMING. YOU CAN BORROW OR RENT THE "EXTRAS" LIKE DECORATIVE HOUSE PLANTS OR LAWN FURNITURE TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE REALLY MEMORABLE. AND, IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DO THE CLEANING OR REPAIR WORK, CONSIDER HIRING A PROFESSIONAL. IT COULD SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY LATER.

AS YOU USE THE CHECKLIST, CONSULT WITH ME TO ESTABLISH YOUR PLAN. I KNOW BEST WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO BUYERS IN YOUR MARKET AND CAN HELP YOU CONCENTRATE ON THOSE THINGS THAT REALLY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TOWARD A SUCCESSFUL SALE.

WHERE DO I START?

WHEN YOU BEGIN PREPARING YOUR HOUSE FOR THE MARKET, START OUTSIDE AND WORK YOUR WAY IN, KEEPING IN MIND THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN HALF OF ALL HOUSES ARE SOLD BEFORE THE BUYERS EVEN GET OUT OF THEIR CARS!  STAND ACROSS THE STREET FROM YOUR HOUSE AND REVIEW IT'S CURB APPEAL. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE THAT VERY FIRST IMPRESSION?

WHEN YOU'RE READY TO BEGIN WORK, USE THE CHECKLIST AND ADD YOUR OWN "TO DO" LISTS IN THE BLANK SPACES PROVIDED. THE CHECKLIST FOLLOWS SIX IMPORTANT STEPS TO PACKAGING YOUR HOUSE. EVEN IF YOU CAN'T GET TO EVERY DETAIL, THE CHECKLIST WILL HELP YOU KEEP IN MIND THE BASIC STEPS.

REMEMBER, YOU NEED TO THINK LIKE A BUYER NOW AND HAVE A CRITICAL EYE!

SIX KEY STEPS

UNCLUTTERING MAKES EVERY ROOM LOOK LARGER AND FEEL NEATER. IF A HOUSE IS CLUTTERED, BUYERS HAVE TROUBLE IMAGING THEMSELVES IN IT. BY REMOVING OR STORING THINGS YOU DON'T NEED, YOU CREATE A ROOMY, COMFORTABLE FEELING THAT WILL BE INVITING TO PROSPECTIVE BUYERS. REMEMBER, WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT, SELL IT OR GIVE IT AWAY!

CLEANING MAKES YOUR HOUSE EASY FOR BUYERS TO EXPLORE AND GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT IT HAS BEEN WELL CARED FOR. BE SURE EVERY ROOM SMELLS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS. PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO PET AREAS, NURSURIES, AND BATHROOMS. SOME FRESH PAINT AND A ONE-TIME PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE CAN MAKE YOUR HOUSE LOOK LIKE NEW.

REPAIRING ELIMINATES BUYER'S OBJECTIONS BEFORE THEY ARISE. IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO FIX, CHANCES ARE THE BUYERS WILL TOO. BUYERS TEND TO THINK REPAIRS WILL COST MORE THAN THEY DO.

NEUTRALIZING HELPS BUYERS SEE THEIR OWN THINGS IN YOUR HOUSE AND PICTURE THEMSELVES THERE. NEUTRAL PAINT, DECOR, AND CARPETING CREATE A HOME FOR ANY LIFESTYLE. ELIMINATING DISTRACTING COLOURS AND ACCESSORIES LETS BUYERS CONCENTRATE ON POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS.

DYNAMIZING MAKES THE EXTERIOR AND EVERY ROOM OF THE HOUSE SPECIAL. SINCE IT IS COMPETING WITH MANY OTHER HOUSES ON THE MARKET, YOU NEED TO MAKE IT STAND OUT AND BE MEMORABLE. LOOK IN MAGAZINES AND CATALOGUES FOR IDEAS. FROM THE FRONT DOOR TO THE BASEMENT, FROM FRESH FLOWERS TO FRESH SMELLS, THIS IS THE FINISHING TOUCH!

SHOW TIME! IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE EACH TIME YOUR HOUSE IS SHOWN. IDENTIFY JOBS AND ASSIGN THEM TO MAKE THIS STEP QUICK AND EASY. IF YOU KEEP UP DAILY. SHOW TIME WILL BE EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. PLAN A FUN ACTIVITY-AWAY FROM THE HOUSE-DURING SHOWINGS.

EXTERIOR/CURB APPEAL

UNCLUTTERING

()LAWN/GARDEN-MOW, TRIM, WEED, WATER, PICK-UP

()PET AREAS-CLEAN UP, RE-SOD AS NEEDED

()EXTRA VEHICLES-REMOVE FROM CURB VIEWS

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CLEANING

()WINDOWS-WASH INSIDE AND OUT

()WALKS AND DRIVEWAY-SWEEP AND REMOVE STAINS

()SIDING BRICK AND STUCCO-HOSE DOWN

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REPAIRING

()DOORS AND WINDOWS-REPAIR SCREENS, GLASS, AND DOOR HARDWARE.

()SIDING-REPAIR OR PAINT AS NEEDED

()FENSES-REPAIR OR PAINT AS NEEDED

()SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAY-REPAIR AS NEEDED.

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NEUTRALIZING

()LAWN AREAS-REMOVE ANY DISTRACTING DECORATIONS

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DYNAMIZING

()ADD A LARGE PLAN, WREATH, OR DOORMAT AT ENTRANCE

()ADD POTTED OR HANGING FLOWERS TO DECK OR PORCH.

()BORROW LAWN FURNITURE IF NECESSARY.

()ADD NEW HOUSE NUMBERS OF BRASS DOOR FIXTURE.

()ADD FRESH LAYER OR ROCK OR BARK IF NEEDED.

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KITCHEN

UNCLUTTERING

()COUNTERS-CLEAR EXTRA APPLIANCES, ACCESSORIES, ETC.

()CUPBOARDS-REMOVE AND PACK EXTRA DISHES, FOOD, ETC.

()MEMO AREAS-STRAIGHTEN AND REMOVE PAPERS

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CLEANING

()CUPBOARDS-WIPE INSIDE AND POLISH CABINETS.

()VENTS, EXHAUST HOODS-CLEAN AND DEODORIZE.

()APPIANCES-CLEAN THOROUGHLY INSIDE AND OUT.

()SINKS-POLISH AND CLEAN, REMOVE STAINS

()FLOORS AND WALLS-SCRUB AND WAX FLOOR.

()GARBAGE, PRODUCE AREAS-CLEAN AND DEODORIZE.

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REPAIRING

()FAUCETS-REPAIR LEAKS

()APPLIANCES-CHECK BULBS, REPLACE PARTS.

()WALL AND CEILING CRACKS-PATCH AND PAINT

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NEUTRALIZING

()WALLS-USE NEUTRAL PAINT AND WALLPAPER

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DYNAMIZING

()CLEAN OR REPALCE REFLECTOR PLATES

()ADD A NEW THROW RUG

()ADD GREEN OR FLOWERING PLANTS

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BATHROOMS

UNCLUTTERING

()COUNTERS-CLEAN, PACK AND STORE.

()VANITIES, MEDICINE CABINETS AND LINED CLOSETS-ORGANIZE, PACK AND STORE.

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CLEANING

()VANITIES-CLEAN INSIDE-SCRUB AND POLISH OUTSIDE

()SINKS, TUB, AND SHOWER-REMOVE STAINS AND MOLD.

()MIRRORS AND CHROME-POLISH TO SPARKLE

()FLOORS AND WALLS-SCRUB CLEAN AND DEODORIZE.

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REPAIRING

()TOILETS AND PLUMBING-MAKE NEEDED REPAIRS

()GROUT AND CAULKING-PATCH AS NEEDED.

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NEUTRALIZING

()WALLS-USE NEUTRAL PAINT AND WALLPAPER.

()SHOWER CURTAIN AND TOWELS-USE BASIC COLOURS

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DYNAMIZING

()ADD SCENTED SOAPS OR A CANDLE

()PURCHASE OR BORROW "SHOW" TOWELS AND ACCESSORIES.

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ENTRYWAY/LIVINGROOM AND DINING ROOM/FAMILY ROOM

UNCLUTTERING

()COFFEE AND END TABLES-REMOVE PAPERS ETC.

()FURNITURE-REARRANGE FOR OPENNESS, REMOVE AND STORE AS NEEDED.

()PLANTS-REMOVE EXTRA OR UNHEALTHY PLANTS

()BOOKSHELVES, OFFICE AREAS-STRAIGHTEN, PACK, STORE

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CLEANING

()CARPET-SPOT CLEAN, CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

()FURNITURE AND WOODWORK-POLISH

()PLANTS-REMOVE EXTRA OR UNHEALTHY PLANTS

()BOOKSHELVES/OFFICE AREAS-STRAIGHTEN, PACK, STORE.

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REPAIRING

()WALL AND CEILING CRACKS-REPAIR AND PAINT

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NEUTRALIZING

()WALLS-USE NEUTRAL PAINT AND WALLPAPER

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DYNAMIZING

()USE LOGS AND FIREPLACE ACCESSORIES.

()PUT LINENS ON TABLE AND SERVER.

()USE FLOWERS AND POTPOURRI

()DRAPE AN AFGHAN OVER A CHAIR OR COUCH

()REARRANGE PICTURES TO HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL AREAS

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BEDROOMS

UNCLUTTERING

()CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS-STRAIGHTEN, STORE EXTRA TOYS.

()CLOSETS-STRAIGHTEN, BOX, AND STORE

()FURNITURE-REMOVE EXTRA ITEMS AND REARRANGE TO ENHANCE SPACE.

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CLEANING

()CARPET-CLEAN AND DEODORIZE IN NURSERY.

()DRAPES AND CURTAINS-WASH OR DRY CLEAN.

()LIGHTING FIXTURES-WASH AND CLEAN BULBS.

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REPAIRING

()WALL AND CEILING CRACKS-REPAIR AND PAINT AS NEEDED

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NEUTRALIZING

()WALLS-USE NEUTRAL PAINT AND WALLPAPER

()BEDSPREADS-USE BASIC COLOURS AND PATTERNS

()GENERAL DECOR-REMOVE DISTRACTING POSTERS ETC.

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DYNAMIZING

()ARRANGE TOYS TO LOOK FUN AND INVITING

()OPEN A BOOK ON A NIGHTSTAND

()ADD FLOWERING PLANT

()ADD CURTAINS OR VALANCES TO ROOMS WITHOUT THEM

()ARRANGE DECORATIVE PILLOWS OR SHAMS ON BED

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BASEMENT/GARAGE

UNCLUTTERING

()TOOL SHOP AND LAUNDRY AREAS-STRAIGHTEN, BOX AND STORE

()REC.ROOM-STRAIGHTEN PLAY AREAS, STORE EXTRA TOYS.

()GARAGE-STORE LAWN/GARDEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

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CLEANING

()FLOORS-SWEEP, CLEAN GREASE SPOTS.

()WALLS AND CEILINGS-REMOVE COBWEBS.

()WINDOWS-CLEAN

()PET AREAS-CLEAN THOROUGHLY AND DEODORIZE.

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REPAIRING

()APPLIANCES-BE SURE FURNACE, WATER HEATER, ETC., ARE IN WORKING ORDER.

()PIPES, LAUNDRY CONNECTIONS-CHECK AND MAKE REPAIRS AS NEEDED.

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NEUTRALIZING

()WALLS AND FLOORS-CONSIDER SPRAY PAINTING AND THROW RUGS

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DYNAMIZING

()ARRANGE LAUNDRY SUPPLIES TO SUGGEST EASE OF WORK.

()ARRANGE GAMES IN PLAY AREA

()DISPLAY A PROJECT IN WORK OR HOBBY AREAS.

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SHOW TIME!!!

INSIDE

()OPEN SHADES AND DRAPES

()OPEN WINDOWS TO FRESHEN ROOMS

()ARRANGE FRESH FLOWERS THROUGHOUT

()TURN ON ALL LIGHTS AND REPLACE WITH BRIGHTER BULBS WHERE ALLOWED BY FIXTURE APPLIANCE.

()PREPARE A FIRE FOR OPEN HOUSE

()SET OUT A GAME, A BOOK, OR A HOBBY PROJECT

()SET TABLES WITH FLOWERS AND LINENS

()SET OUT "SHOW" TOWELS

()MAKE SURE RUGS ARE CLEAN AND STRAIGHT

()EMPTY WASTEBASKETS

()PICK UP DIRTY CLOTHES

()DEODORIZE PET AREAS

()PLAY SOFT MUSIC AND TURN OFF TELEVISION

()SET A COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURE

()DO A "ONCE-OVER" CLEANING-Vaccuum, SWEEP, AND DUST

()FINAL CHECK-EVERY ROOM

OUTSIDE

()PICK UP LAWN TOOLS AND TOYS

()PICK UP AFTER PETS

()REMOCE OBSTRUCTIONS FROM CURB VIEW

()CLEAR DRIVEWAYS AND WALK AREAS.

 

 

 

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George Carroll

George Carroll

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CENTURY 21 River-Valley Realty Ltd.
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