Areas In Your House
When you get your areas ready to place the home on the market for sale it becomes a product. And just like any product on the shelves at your local store it has features and benefits, pluses and minuses. And there are other products to compete with. To gain an edge in your marketplace you must be priced right and look better than the competition.
Areas To Think About
- Living Room, Family Room, Den:
- Clear off all coffee tables and end tables. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.
- Remove all ashtrays.
2. Dining Room:
- Clear off dining table except for one nice centerpiece.
- Remove extra leaves from tables to make the room look bigger.
- Remove extra chairs from table if they crowd the table or fill up corners of the room. Four or six chairs are enough.
- Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen counter tops leaving only a very few items you use on a daily basis.
- Clear refrigerators of magnets, pictures, messages, etc.
- Clean tile grout with bleach if needed.
- Repair broken tile or loose corners on Formica counters.
- Clean the stove top and oven. Replace burner pans if they are badly stained. Clean all exhaust fans, filters and hoods.
- Keep the kitchen sink clean and empty on a daily basis.
- Keep all soaps, sponges and cleaning supplies out of sight under the sink.
- Empty the garbage regularly to reduce odors.
- Move cat and dog dishes so they don’t interfere with the buyer’s walk around the room.
- Make beds daily.
- Invest in a new bedspread if necessary.
- Clear off bedside tables, dressers, etc. except for a very few necessary items.
- Store extra books and magazines underneath the bed.
- Keep closet doors closed. If you have a walk-in closet keep the floor clean and free of laundry and clutter.
- Remove all posters tacked on walls and repair holes in walls.
5. Laundry Room
- Put soaps and supplies in cupboards.
- Keep counters and sink clean and empty.
- Make sure that light bulbs are working and have adequate wattage. Most laundry rooms are too dark.
- Clear off all surfaces. Put toiletries in drawers or cabinets and only keep a few necessary items out in baskets or a tray.
- Make sure you have a bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap.
- Coordinate towels in one or two colors. Fold in thirds on towel racks daily. Purchase new towels if you need to.
- Clear all items out of shower stalls and tubs except for necessities.
- Clean or replace the shower curtain.
- Repair any cracking or peeling areas and clean any moldy areas. Paint if necessary.
- Many tubs and showers need a fresh new bead of silicone caulking around the edges to make them look neat and clean.
- Take all cloth toilet lid covers off and keep toilet lids closed.
- Hide garbage can and cleaning supplies out of sight.
- Make sure you can open the door freely without any thing falling on potential buyers.
Outside Of Your House
The first impression when a buyer drives up to your home is critical. Walk across the street and look at it through a buyer’s eyes. Be tough on yourself. What do you see?
8. Trim And House Paint
- Take a hard look at the front door and trim. Give special attention to this because this is where buyers will get their first opportunity to make a close inspection of your home. Does it need repainting or staining? Repainting the doors and trim to help make the house look crisp and in good condition is one of the least expensive things you can do to dress up a home.
9. Decks, Porches And Patios
- Sweep all walkways and patios, porches or decks.
- Remove all moss.
- Decks should be pressure-washed, stained or painted if needed.
- Clear patios or decks of small items such as little plants, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues, toys, etc.
- If you have outdoor furniture create one simple room setting of clean furniture so buyers see how they can use the space.
- Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss. Make sure they are swept and cleaned.
- Repair broken fences and gates and paint if necessary.
- Look at all plants. Plants are like children…they grow so fast. Prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking all windows.
- Remove any dead plants, weed all planting areas and put down fresh mulching material.
- Keep your lawn freshly cut, edged and fertilized during the growing season.
- Sweep out and organize. Keep storage in garage neat.
- Go around the perimeter of the house and remove all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc., to the garage or, if applicable, take them to the dump.
- Remove all plastic storage containers, children’s toys and any unnecessary objects.