How To Prepare Your House For Sale

Jamie Sarner By Jamie Sarner, 19th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Selling your house is a very demanding task; nevertheless, knowing what to focus on during your preparation can save you time and effort. The most crucial thing to consider when selling is getting it ready. As a result we have put together this article, which hopefully, will give you an idea on how best to approach the task.

How to approach it?

The first thought is going to be the main idea that sticks in a buyer's mind. When looking at your home, try not to look at it as your pride and joy, but from the mindset of a buyer. If you are not able to distance yourself adequately, ask someone with an impersonal view.

As the potential buyer turns up at the house it is the first glimpse they will have, so make the most of it. Mow the lawn, make sure it is in good condition by watering and feeding it and make sure the outlines are nice and tidy. Tidy the area of any litter, weeds and toys; invest in some tubs of plants and place them near the door as to make a feature of it. Cracking from wear and tear to garden surfaces such as patios and driveways needs to be repaired, as do any cracks in the walls. Make sure those repairs have been sorted before the house is put up for sale, maybe a fresh coat of paint of the walls would be a great idea. Repainting your front door and cleaning the windows may help to improve the first impression.

Put away clutter and clean all rooms to make them look spacious and brighter. Family photos and other personal mementos need to be hidden away before the buyer arrives, as they can be quite distracting. Clean kitchen cupboards, throw away items that are no longer needed and make sure everything is put back neatly. Avoid dim lighting as it can make a room seem dark rather than warming, so buy stronger light bulbs if needed.

Tell the viewer what each room is before you enter it, but make sure the viewer enters first, this also helps avoid the issue of feeling cramped in a room as there are too many people in it. Pay particular attention to the kitchen appliances, these need to be clean whether or not you are leaving them behind; a dirty stove can give the impression you don't care for your home. Also make sure that none of your appliances are running when showing your home; the buzzing sound may be too annoying to visitors. Fresh flowers in a beautiful container brightens up a space and makes it smell nice. Rather than have bits and pieces left of kitchen surfaces, put them away in a cabinet, especially those that are not used often. You want to show possible buyers your gorgeous kitchen, not your old stuff.

Check to make sure all windows are in good working order; this means cracks in the glass, damage to the frames and locks. The bathroom should also be given a good clean out: changing the shower curtain, clearing empty bottles and rubbish from sides, a new toilet seat, fresh towels and remove bathroom mats that can look dirty and harbour germs. A fresh coat of paint in every room doesn't have to be dear, buy a cheap brand in a neutral colour and use it throughout the house to give a clean, fresh impression.. And don't forget the key truth - not just luxury homes should have luxurious look.


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Over the last eight years, Jamie Sarner has established his credentials as a first class real estate agent. From his first transaction of a condo in Yorkville in 2003 through countless real estate transactions since, he has won the praise of client a...(more)

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author avatar Rose*
27th Dec 2013 (#)

It's worth freshening up all the paintwork before you put your house on the market. Fresh paint makes a house look "new" even if it isn't.

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