Are You Ready To Sell

Are You Ready To Sell

Looking to sell your home this Spring? Here is a list of some things you can do to get your home ready to sell. Most REALTOR’s are more than happy to do a walk-through, to help point out these things in your home.

Exterior of the home

  • The condition of your home's exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal. Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.

  • If your lawn shows no signs of life, a little fertilizer and some water will do wonders for its color. Mow and edge the lawn frequently until the home is sold.

  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.

  • A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.

  • Replace missing shutters, gutters, and downspouts and remove any debris. Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.

  • Cracks in the driveway and sidewalks can be easily repaired with ready-mix cement. For excessive stains, there are easy-to-use cleaning agents at your home repair store.

  • Fences should be mended and touched up, if painted.

  • Wash all windows inside and outside.

  • All of these suggestions may also apply to your back yard or child's play area.

Living area

  • Clean your home from top to bottom.

  • Put all valuables in a safe place.

  • Repair any cracks or holes in walls and touch-up paint.

  • Doors should be cleaned and touched-up as well. All torn screens should be repaired or replaced.

  • Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat. Neutral colors are the easiest for new homeowners to work with and they make your rooms look larger.

  • Have carpeting and draperies cleaned. Carpeting should be vacuumed throughout the house the day your home is being shown.

  • Lubricate squeaking doors, windows, and cabinets.

  • Put deodorizers in each room and closet.

  • Store out-of-season clothes so closets do not look cluttered.

  • Pre-pack items, which may clutter your home and make rooms appear smaller.

  • A few colorful plants will help liven and add color to the interior.

Kitchen/Dinning Area

  • The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. Keep the counters clean and clear of appliances. All appliances should be clean and neatly organized. An open appearance with sunlight and green plants here and there will make the room a focal point.

  • Never leave dirty dishes in the sink!!!

  • Clean fans and vent hoods.

  • Have tables set for a more elegant feel.

Bathrooms

  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.

  • Replace old caulking around bathtub and sinks.

  • Repair or replace leaky faucets.

  • Unclog and sanitize drains to remove odors.

  • Clean all mirrors.

  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed.

  • Fresh towels should be in the bathrooms at all times.

Garage/Basement 

  • Have a garage sale to dispose of any unwanted items. Family heirlooms, which you will take with you, should be boxed and stored in the garage until you move.

  • Remove any cobwebs.

  • If the basement or attic is a functioning part of the house, make sure the area is clean and in good repair.

For more information, please feel free to contact me anytime!

Joshua B. Smith, REALTOR®

(615) 519-2538 Direct


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