Getting Your House Ready to Sell…
A house that “sparkles” on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbour, even though both are structurally well maintained.
From experience, Angelo knows that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been maintained. In readying your house for sale, Angelo would like you to consider:
• How Much Should You Spend?
• Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal
• Maximizing Interior Appeal
Please take a moment to read up on these 3 points he would like you to consider:
1. How Much Should You Spend?
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. A brand new roof will impress buyers, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive “polishes” and “touch-ups” to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Angelo is familiar with buyers’ expectations in your neighborhood, they can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made. Below are tips to maximize the exterior and the interior of your home in preparation for its sale. Please do not hesitate to ask Angelo for any further assistance or recommendations on local trades-people to assist your needs.
2. Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. Here are a few tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:
• Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
• Trim hedges, weed lawns and flower-beds, and prune trees regularly.
• Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
• Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
• Clean and align gutters.
• Inspect and clean the chimney.
• Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
• Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
• In the winter months, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
• During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
• Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
• Keep your garage door closed.
• Store recreational vehicles or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
• Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
3. Maximizing Interior Appeal
Here are a few tips to enhance your home’s interior:
• Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage garages and moved half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
• Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market. This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
• Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, and attics, making these areas much more inviting. Since you’re anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great idea.
• If necessary, repainting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
• Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement.
• Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
• Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork. Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
• Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads. Buying showy new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
• Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.