3. Preparing Your Home to List

You’ve made the decision to sell. Before you have completed all the necessary paperwork there are several ways to make your house more sell-able, and in turn, receive a top dollar offer. Here are some basic tips for preparing your home for showings:

1. Tidy your yard
Trimming bushes, cutting grass, clearing weeds and adding a few pots of brightly colored flowers can make your house so much more inviting.

2. Make sure your front patio and door are fresh and clean looking
Sweep area and repaint front door if necessary.

3. Get rid of clutter
Move unnecessary furniture into storage or into the garage and store out-of-season clothing. Clearing out spaces in rooms and closets can make your home appear larger.

4. Make minor repairs that can make a bad impression
Items such as torn screens, leaky faucets and drywall cracks can scare away a potential Buyer.  Also remember to replace any burnt out light bulbs.

5. Make sure the house smells fresh and clean
Open a few windows, clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate odors, and consider soft candles or air fresheners to give an inviting scent.

6. Keep home in exceptionally clean condition. Make sure all windows and blinds are clean, and all switch plates, doors and molding are extra clean. A clean, “move-in ready” home is proven to sell faster!

I hope these tips have been helpful to you. When visiting your home, I will share additional ideas that will help you prepare for showing your home to receive a top dollar offer!