Preparing For Sale


So you are ready to sell your home and are hoping that your prior investment will turn into healthy profit.  Welcome to the American dream.  In this market you need to get your ducks in a row so the selling experience will be a smooth one.  Get rid of the clutter and clean up the outside so it shows well. Prospective buyers need to be able to visualize their belongings.  So remove everything.  Remember that old saying, too much of something is not a good thing - it's true.

  • Remove the clutter. This includes tables. bookshelves, closets and garage. Have a garage sale and seriously get rid of all the items you do not need.
  • Get rid of all smells. It doesn’t help merely to hang air fresheners or bake cookies. Get rid of all kitty litter boxes and dog beds. Consider sending Fido to doggy camp for a few days while you get your home ready. Some people dislike animals and will walk away if they see (or smell) that pets have been living in a home.
  • Use cleaning products with fresh scents - an odor that most people identify as fresh clean and refreshing. Do not use cleaning products with flowering and/or tropical fruity odors.
  • Clean like you home has never been cleaned before. If you do not  have time call a professional to give it a white glove wash this will help: Clean all cabinets, light fixtures, crevices and corners needs to be white-glove clean. Walls and blinds to must be cleaned. Windows should sparkle. If you have carpeting, shampoo it. Take drapes to the cleaners.
  • Get down and dirty about cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms. You have got to get that bathroom sparkling. If you are going to clean any room - clean the bathroom.
  • Clean-up the outside. You want curb appeal. Mow the lawn and rake those leaves neatly. Remove all that crap from the rain gutters. Unless it is so new and fashionable that it looks like part of a glossy magazine spread, store your patio furniture. Dilapidated lawn chairs and greasy barbecues are as unsettling for buyers as food-encrusted kitchen appliances.
  • Remove any fixtures you plan on taking with you.  When your home is on the market you should remove all personal items. Remove obvious references to religion, politics, or organizations. You may be proud of your awards from the local chamber of commerce, your church or the state Democratic Party, but such awards may send subtle signals to someone else that this house is not for them.
 

Preparing For Sale

 
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