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PREPARING TO LIST YOUR HOME

Value is a relative term. One owner’s quaint little cottage may be another’s airless old money pit. Obviously then, you need some basis of objectivity - and you can find it by having your Realtor rate your house against other similar houses in like neighborhoods. You can count on your Realtor to be frank if your asking price is too high. Your Realtor will work together with you to factor in all the important aspects of your home.

Once you sign a Listing Agreement, your Realtor will develop a comprehensive marketing plan. But first, your Realtor will take a look at your home and may suggest ways to make it show better. Remember what you looked for when you bought the house? Take a look at the checklist below to get a better idea of how you should look at your home through the “eyes of a buyer.”

Kitchen

• The kitchen is the most important room in the house.  Make it bright and attractive. If it needs help, paint it and/or try new curtains.

• Make sure the kitchen is spotless.  Check the stove, floor, windows, cabinets, etc.

• Clean the ventilating hood in the kitchen.

• If the kitchen floor is badly worn, replace it with new flooring.

• Replace any loose tiles on the counter and walls.

• Remove any appliances or knick-knacks you keep on the counters. Clean, uncluttered counters will make the room look bigger.

Bathroom

• Repair any dripping faucets.

• Keep fresh towels in the bathroom.

• Remove any stains from toilets, sinks, bathtub and shower.

• If the sink, bathtub or shower drains too slowly, unclog it.

Exterior of Home

• Make sure the front door and porch are clean. Repaint the front door if necessary.

• Keep the lawn and shrubs trimmed and neat looking. Freshly planted flowers are attractive and inviting.

• Sweep walkways.

• Paint your house if necessary.  This can do more for the sales appeal than any other item. If you don’t want to paint, consider touching up shutters or window frames.

• Check the roof and gutters...any missing shingles to replace? Gutters and downspouts in place?

Living Areas

• Have all walls in top shape. Repair all cracks, nail pops or visible seams in drywall.

• Wash the windows.

• Replace broken glass and torn screens.  Make sure windows open and close.

• Check ceiling for leak stains. Fix the source of the leak, repair the ceiling and paint. (Contract will require this to be done.)

• In painting or redecorating, avoid offbeat colors. Stick to white or easy to work with pastels or neutrals.

• Replace or re-dye faded curtains or bedspreads.

• If you have a fireplace, clean it out and put in fresh logs.

• Replace burned out light bulbs.  Put in brighter light bulbs. Make sure light switches work.

• Clean floors and vacuum rugs.

• Straighten up the closets and get rid of excess items.

• Use air freshener to eliminate musty or unpleasant pet or cooking odors.

• Fix any doors or sliding glass doors that stick.

Garage

• Clean out the garage and dispose of anything you are not going to move. Box up everything you won’t need until you’re in your new house.

• Make sure the garage door opener is in good working condition.

Additional “Inside” Tip

• Neatness makes a room look bigger.  Put excess furniture in storage. Avoid clutter.

• Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter.

• Keep toys in the children’s rooms.  Bikes, in-line skates and skateboards should be made as inconspicuous as possible.

 

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