Tips on Selling Your Home

 

Basement, Attic, Garage

  • Clean out attic, basement, and garage and dispose of everything you are not going to move. Package everything you won’t need until you’re settled in your new home.

  • Make sure there is plenty of light on the stairs to the basement.

  • If your basement is dark and gloomy, paint ceilings and walls light color.

  • Repair cracks in the basement floor with ready-mixed concrete.

  • Vacuum garage floor and rafters.

  • Stack items neatly against walls to look larger.

Kitchen

  • The kitchen is the most important room in the house. Make it bright and attractive. If dull, plant cabinets, put up perky new curtains.

  • Clean the ventilating hood in the kitchen.

  • If the kitchen floor is badly worn, put down new flooring. If a single tile is loose, apply heat to the tile with an iron covered with a soft cloth, to soften the adhesive - then replace the tile.

  • Remove any appliances that you keep on your counters, like a toaster, coffee-maker, can opener. Clean counters make the room look larger.

  • Leave a luscious smell in the kitchen. i.e., vanilla, cinnamon-apple tea, etc.

Bathroom

  • Repair dripping faucets.

  • Keep fresh towels in the bathroom.

  • Use special cleaning products to remove stains from toilets, bathtubs and sinks; keep sinks and mirrors shining.

  • If sink and bathtub drain too slowly, unclog them.

  • Keep a solid deodorizer in the bathroom area.

  • Replace old caulking around bathtubs.

Living Areas

  • Have all plaster in top shape. Cracks (or nail-pops, visible seams in dry walls) are easy to fix.

  • Check ceilings for leak stains. Fix the cause of the damage, repair the ceiling and repaint.

  • In painting and re-decorating, stick to conventional white and easy-to-work-with neutrals.

  • If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay some logs in it to make it look inviting.

  • Wash windows and replace any broken glass; make sure all windows will open and close.

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter bulbs.

  • Be sure every light switch works.

  • Make the floors shine - clean any creaking boards or stair treads (drive two long finishing nails at opposing angles through the floor and sub-floor into the joist)

  • Straighten up the closets - get rid of excess - store out of season clothes so closets look larger. Use room deodorant to eliminate musty odors. Lubricate any sticky or squeaking doors.

  • For doors that stick slightly, rub a block of paraffin against the surface that shows signs of wear.

  • For sliding doors that stick in their tracks, rub the tracks with paraffin or candle wax.

Outside

  • Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight. A well-manicured lawn, neatly clipped shrubbery, cleanly swept walks create a good first impression.

  • Cut back over-grown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house.

  • Paint your house if necessary. This can do more for sales appeal than any other factor. If you decide against painting, at least consider painting front shutters and window frames.

  • In winter, walks should be free of snow and ice.

  • Inspect the roof and gutters. Any missing shingles to replace?

  • Consider putting flowers outside the front door.

  • Repaint the front door

  • Repair broken outdoor steps.

  • Keep lawn closely cut and edged.


 

 

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