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20 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Quick Sale
  • Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.

  • Consider renting storage space to remove clutter from your home.

  • Keep everything extra clean. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for

  • Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Buy flowers or plug ins. Open the windows and make sure your home smells fresh and inviting.

  • Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs

  • Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained. Plus buyers will think they cost thousands to repair.

  • Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable. Clean your gutters.

  • Polish your front doorknob and door numbers

  • Take pride in your home and keep it in showable condition at all times. Remember it is on the market 24/7 and you are competing with other sellers.

  • Get your house market ready for at least two weeks before you begin showing it.

  • Do not be present when your home is shown. Buyers deserve an uninterrupted, emotional view and feel of your home where they can relax and make decisions.

  • Leave any special notes or instructions in a custom homebook with copies of warranties, covenants and restrictions, repairs,utility bills, etc.

  • Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a house ready to show on the spur of the moment, but the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you’ll find a buyer.

  • Be ready for the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable. If the offer is reasonable, you should accept it. You may only get one offer and the perfect offer is the one that allows you to get on with your life.

  • Consider staging your home with pictures, towels, light furnishings and artificial plants.

  • Close the toilet lid and leave on a few lights and soft music when you know your home will be shown.

  • Decide what to do with the alarm system.

  • Make it inviting. Make sure the front entrance and doorknob is especially inviting

  • Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower your asking price. Remember, you do not control the market, but the market is always right

  • Communicate with your agent often. Share any concerns and ideas openly.