Top dollar for your home is the goal when selling your home, right? It is also the best time to take personal preferences out of the equation because less personalization equals more cash in your pocket. Take the time to step back and view the property not as a personal home, but as a listed property. Cowan & Associates offers you a valuable perspective. What will the buyer expect?
A ready to sell home has meticulous landscaping, mulch laid, grass trimmed and trees pruned properly. The outside of the home should reflect the home’s clean interior, and not be an eyesore that diminishes the neighborhood. Fresh paint, gutters in place, with no drainage issues, is expected. A welcoming front door makes an impression to guests and visitors so be sure to inspect it thoroughly. Rusty handles, broken knobs and filthy windows all detract from the first impression. Sweep the steps, fix a loose railing and put out a planter with seasonal flowers nearby all help to show pride in ownership.
Inside, homes with no noticeable scent are best, although many agents suggest a fresh smelling candle may be lit for open houses. A ready to sell home is neat, tidy, with all personal photos and detracting clutter removed. The big cosmetic items such as worn carpets, refinished hardwood floors, repainting walls to neutral colors, repairing a loose handle or leaky faucet are already complete. An open house is not the time you want to put off potential buyers with mysterious patterns of black mold in your basement or cracked tiles in your shower.
Closets look more spacious by removing half the contents and putting it away at an off-site storage facility. Unfinished basements can be handled the same way. If the boxes are still unopened from your last move over a year ago, it is probably safe to assume you won’t need them. Remove toasters, storage canisters, water pitchers and other bulky kitchen items to make counters appear larger. Barking dogs are best removed completely from the home, although safely crated away can work in a pinch. Many buyers have allergies to pets, so disclosing that pets are in the home is helpful. Be sure to clean up thoroughly after your pets, both indoors and outside.
Talk to the Cowan & Associates Agents today for more details on how to make a great first impression, including the latest market conditions for your neighborhood.