TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME.
First Impressions are Lasting Ones.
An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior.
1. Keep the lawn trimmed.
2. Fix up the flower beds.
3. Make sure the yard is clear of debris.
4. Park cars in the garage and put the doors down.
5. Check gutters and/or roof for dry rot.
6. Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, toys, barbecues, etc.
7. Check paint condition of the house- especially front door and trim.
Curb Appeal Really Works
Decorate your home: This is a sure step towards a sale. Faded walls and woodwork reduce the desire of the purchaser. A nice coat of paint and touching up woodwork will result in a quicker sale at a higher price.
The Appearance of Your Home: Bright cheery windows and unmarred walls will assist your sale. Step high- step low. Prospects will do just that unless all passages are cleared of objects. Avoid cluttered looks and possible injury.
1. Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house.
2. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.
3. Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it has not been used for three months, put it away.
4. Clear refrigerator fronts free of messages, pictures, etc. A sparse kitchen helps the buyers mentally move their own things into the kitchen.
5. Bathrooms – remove any unnecessary items from the countertops, tubs, shower stalls and commode tops. Keep only your most needed cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc. in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels to one or two colours only.
6. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our personal enjoyment, but when it comes to selling, we need to thin out as much as possible to make the rooms seem larger.
Fix That Faucet: Dripping water discolours surfaces and calls attention to faulty plumbing.
A Day With The Carpenter: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers, warped cabinet doors, etc. are noticed by a buyer. It is a good idea to have them repaired.
Closet Illusions: Clothes properly hung; shoes, hats, and other articles neatly placed will make your closet appear adequate. Don’t worry about closets or garages in regard to being “ too full.” People expect that - but neatness does count.
Dear To The Heart: Is the kitchen. Colorful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops add appeal for the buyer.
Can You See The Light? Illumination is the “Welcome Sign” for after dark showing - turn on the lights throughout the house. A buyer will feel a “glowing warmth” otherwise impossible to attain. Also, during the day leave on certain lights. (We will show you which ones.)
In General: Try to look at your home through the buyer's eyes as though you’ve never seen it or been there before. Any time or money spent on necessary items will bring you back more money in return, and hopefully a faster sale time.
Darren and Lesley Cross
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