to Help Sell Your Home
People usually decide within two minutes whether they like your home.
The first impression is often the lasting impression. And they
start forming their opinion before they even walk in the front door.
So it's smart to ask yourself if your home is as presentable as it can
be for a faster sale at the best price.
Here are time-tested tips suggested by Norton Network to make your home
more presentable. A good rule to follow is to improve cosmetic
aspects of your home, which will improve your chances of selling.
Avoid making major changes unless they will increase the value of your
home more than the cost of the improvement.
- Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight.
A well-manicured lawn, neatly clipped shrubbery and cleanly swept
walks create a good first impression.
- Cut back on overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps
light out of the house.
- Paint your house if necessary. This can probably do more
for sales appeal than any other factor. If you decide against
painting, at least consider touching up front shutters and window
- Inspect the roof and gutters. Any missing shingles to
replace? Gutters and down spouts in place? Need paint or
- Consider putting flowers outside the front door.
- Repaint the front door.
- The kitchen is the most important room in the house. Make it
bright and attractive. If dull, paint cabinets and put up
perky new curtains.
- Clean the ventilating hood in the kitchen.
- If the kitchen floor is worn, put down new flooring.
Replace any loose tiles.
- Remove any appliances that you keep on your counters.
Clean counters make the room look larger.
- Repair dripping faucets.
- Use special cleaning products to remove stains from toilets,
bathtubs, sinks and showers.
- If sink and bathtub drain too slowly, unclog them.
- Have all plaster in top shape. Cracks (or nail-pops,
visible seams in dry walls) are easy to fix.
- Check ceilings for leak stains. Fix the cause of the
damage, repair the ceiling and paint.
- Stick to conventional white paint outside and easy-to-work-with
- If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay some logs in it to
make it look inviting.
- Wash windows.
- Replace broken glass.
- Mend torn screens.
- Check to see that all windows will open and close.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
- Make sure every light switch works.
- Make the floors shine; clean and polish them; and nail
down any cracking boards or stair treads.
- Straighten up the closets—get rid of excess items. Use air
freshener to eliminate musty odors. Lubricate any sticky or
squeaking doors. Clean out attic, basement and garage and
dispose of everything you are not going to move, and package
everything you won't need until you're settled in your new home.
When Your House is Being Shown
- Keep room draperies and shades open to let in light. This
also makes rooms appear larger.
- Have your home well lighted during showing.
- Neatness makes a room look bigger. Avoid clutter.
- If possible, leave your furniture and rugs in the house for
- Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
- Keep any toys in the children's rooms. Bikes, wagons and
skate boards should be made as inconspicuous as possible.
- Keep radio, stereo, TV off or turned way down.
- Take your family away if your broker is holding an open house.
- Refer direct inquiries you receive about seeing your house to
your Realtor to take advantage of his professional skills in selling
- Don't mention furniture or furnishings you wish to dispose of
unless asked. Such discussion can kill the sale.
- Take pets outdoors when your house is being shown.
- Let the real estate agent show your house, and don't tag along.
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