placing yourself in the potential buyer's shoes, you will want
to consider the overall atmosphere of your home. Keep color, lighting,
and smell in mind as you go through the home. Create an atmosphere
within your home as one of shelter, a place that is safe and warm,
and in good condition.
clean-smelling house creates a positive image in the buyer's mind.
Be aware of any odors from cooking, cigarettes, pets, etc. that
may have adverse affects on potential buyers.
cautious selecting colors when painting or replacing carpeting.
The key is to promote your home to the largest segment of the
buying market as possible. Stay with neutral colors - let the
new owner choose their own color scheme.
advantage of natural light as much as possible by cleaning windows,
opening shades and drapes, etc. Add lamps and lighting where necessary.
Be sure that all fixtures are clean and have functioning bulbs.
Increase the wattage of the bulbs in the basement area.
for peeling paint, loose wall paper. Consider replacing unusual
or bold colors with neutral tones.
all wall-to-wall carpet and area rugs. Clean and polish linoleum,
tile and wooden floors. Consider refinishing wood floors if necessary.
closets of off-season clothing and pack for the move. Organize
them to demonstrate the most efficient use of space. Leave as
few items on the floor of shelves as possible.
furniture to give the rooms as spacious a feeling as possible.
Consider removing furniture from rooms that are too crowded. Avoid
clutter. Pack up knickknacks -- both to protect them and to give
the room a more spacious feel if necessary, but leave enough items
to give the home a personal touch. Dispose of unneeded items.
Store large furniture if necessary.
and polish all woodwork if necessary. Pay particular attention
to the kitchen and bath cabinets.
is the key! Make sure that all surfaces are spotless and remove
non-skid decals that are in poor condition. Replace worn or dirty
shower curtains, clean and repair caulking, store all personal
care products out of sight. Repair any faucets that leak or do
not function properly. Clear off countertops. Clean and organize
all cabinets and drawers. Shampoo throw rugs. Consider bringing
out your best soaps and towels. Add a plant for color and freshness.
and clean the fireplace. Place a few logs on the grate to create
an attractive appearance. You are welcome to have a fire going
during showings -- it creates a great atmosphere.
Clean, bright sparkling and shiny!
adding fresh or silk flowers, or setting the table with an attractive
clutter -- store small appliances whenever possible to maximize
the appearance of work space. Clean and organize all storage space.
Sinks, cabinets, appliances, and counter tops should be clean
basement and attic should be cleaned and organized. Be sure that
the stairs are cleared, well-lighted and that the handrail is
secure. Remove and dispose of any items that will not be moved
with you. Pack other items neatly in boxes.
and wash the floor to remove dirt and stains. Organize tools,
garden equipment, bicycles, etc.
included in the sale
Remove (and replace if applicable) any
items that will not be included in the sale of the property such
as light fixtures.
You might want
to consider asking a good friend to walk through your house pretending
to be a buyer. They can sometimes give a fresh perspective on
areas where improvements can be made. Remember, you live in this
house everyday and can sometimes overlook the obvious.
For even more
tips please e-mail Cindy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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