Selling in todays market

Selling your home can be exciting, but it also takes work. Make sure to fix all those little problems you let go for so many years and clean, clean, clean. And you need to be patient! Selling your home can take some time.

Clean up the outside.
Curb appeal is the first impression of your house. Keeping the grass cut and the area clean will help make a great first impression.
Paint or wash the exterior of the house.
Paint the front door if needed and replace hardware if old and worn.
Wash the windows inside and out.
Check the gutters and chimney.
The buyer will be spending time looking around the front of your home while the Realtor gets the key from the lock box.

Touch up the interior.
Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms.
Wash all floors and bathroom tiles.
Shampoo dirty carpets.
Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic. Use self storage if necessary.
Remove all clutter from your kitchen counters and small appliance's you don't use.
Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.

Replace bathroom and kitchen fixtures that are worn or leaking.
People will notice a leaking or worn-out faucet. By replacing these items, you will give a new look to the room.
Replace outdated lighting. You can find inexpensive lighting that can really update your home, remember the will be turning on every light in your home.
Clean under the sinks. If there is any leaks fix them.

Get rid of any bad smells in your home.
Pay attention to pet or cigarette odors. Do not smoke in your home!
When a realtor brings a buyer over, put a batch of cookies into the oven for a great aroma, remove the cookies from the oven a make sure you leave ( the buyer doesn't want to have a seller looking over there shoulder).

Anna Hill
Century 21 Executive Properties


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