Getting Ready to Sell Your Home?

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 20th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Before you put your house up for sell there are some things you should do.

My Experience

In today's world, it can be somewhat challenging to sell one's home. We were blessed to have sold our home in 2 weeks. Thinking back on that experience, I recall there was a lot to do to get it ready. Here are some things that might help you in this endeavor.

Hire a Reputable Real Estate Agent

Unless you're trying to sell your home yourself you will need a real estate agent. You want one with a proven record and not a novice. Ask for references.

Landscaping and Paint Update

Aren't you more enticed to open a package that is beautifully wrapped on the outside? In the same way if your yard is strewn with debris, overgrown flowers and weeds, not many people will see the need to look inside, especially if the outside is an indicator of what awaits them. If you're gifted with a "green-thumb" put it to good use and spruce your home with beautiful curb appeal.

Honestly now, when was the last time that your walls have seen a fresh coat of paint? It might be best to choose a neutral color. Not everyone likes the bold look. Check the exterior paint too to see if it is peeling and in need of a little attention.

Avoid Clutter in House and the Garage and Add a Homey Fragrance

Clutter] is a distraction and makes it hard to envision how big a space is and what you could use that space for.

The garage is usually the place where those things not having a "home" find themselves at. But left alone, it becomes another haven for clutter. Your garage's potential cannot be realized by a serious home buyer if they can't see it because of the clutter.

Whether it is a candle or the scent of homemade cookies, a pleasant aroma should send a welcoming message to potential home buyers.

Air and Heating Vents

These are often overlooked and become dust traps for dirt and debris. Clean them to avoid this problem.

Cabinets and Knobs Makeover, Plug and Outlet Covers

If your cabinets are in decent shape, change the knobs and handles to give a more modern and updated look.

Remove all traces of fingerprints and dirt from the cabinets.

Flooring and Ceiling

Look down and ask yourself does the carpet need to be replaced or professionally cleaned? Does the hardwood need to be re-stained? Has the floor tile seen better days?

Look up! Do you see any dark stains or water spots on the ceiling? This could indicate a leakage problem. And while you're at it, you might want to do a thorough inspection of your roof too.

Plumbing, Air Conditioner, Furnace and Hot Water Heater

Plumbing - How is the water pressure after flushing the toilet? Is the handle working properly? Does the water from your sink come out in trickles instead of at full force?

Air Conditioner - Is it functional or puttering along? Is it spewing out warm air? Make sure to clean the coils on it and service it, if necessary.

Furnace and Water Heater- Be sure they are in good working order. If you don't want to replace them be willing to reduce the selling price of the home.

Curtains, Blinds, Shower and Bathtub

Are the curtains dingy after years of wear and tear? Replace them with an economical Clean, repair or replace old curtains. Remove all dust from the blinds.

Make sure all mold and mildew is removed from the shower and tiling areas. Clean door and/or curtains that are part of the shower.

If your tub is looking dingy there are products out there to clean or paint them to make them look almost new. Go to your local hardware store for suggestions.

Chimney Gutters and Fireplaces

You may need to hire a professional to determine if repairs need to be done for these items.

Whether your fireplace is wood-burning or one operated with gas, be sure these are functional and safe to use.

Gutters are often a haven for leaves or other gunk. If left this way it could cause some major damage.

For Sale

With well-advanced planning and some work on your part your home might stand a better chance of selling. Hire a professional if your budget allows for those jobs that are beyond your ability to do. Of course proper staging of your home and a willingness to negotiate the final price might work to your selling advantage too.

Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons


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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Lee, great article and great pictures. I had to smile when I saw the clutter picture. I would sure hate to have to clean up that mess.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. That is what happens when clutter has gone awry:).

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Lee, I can't even imagine. I would never let anything get this far. I did love the picture though. It made me be thankful for my tidy ways.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Great article Lee with great photos to illustrate. I'm sure that this article will be helpful to many.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Jerry. I hope it is.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Super tips, and great photos (as always).

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author avatar Lee Hansen
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot Susan.

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