It begins with
Your yard, and the
exterior of your house, is the first impression that potential buyers have
of your home.
Keep your lawn neat and well trimmed, with well-proportioned shrubs.
Consider replanting flowers or creating a flowerbed to enhance the
appearance of your yard. If it is the fall, make sure the lawn is raked at
all times. And in the wintertime, clear snow from your driveway and
The Front Door.
Make sure your door is tightly on its hinges! Furthermore, the door should
be neat and clean. Paint it if it needs it. If the door is in poor shape,
consider replacing it. Finally, a holiday ornament on the door, like a
wreath, ads a nice touch. Consider adding an inviting “welcome mat”.
Check for flat-fitting roof shingles, straight lines on gutters, shutters,
windows, and siding; solid caulking around roofs and seams. Apply fresh
paint where it needs it. Also, make sure the windows are crystal clear;
potential buyers often peer through the windows.
During the evening, or
whenever you have potential buyers in the home, make sure ALL of the
lights are on. This makes rooms look more inviting and spacious. Also,
make sure curtains are always up to let as much sunlight in as possible.
I recommend using a vanilla air freshener that applies directly to your
air filter. This gives your home that “new model home” aroma.
Remove as much furniture as possible. This can make your rooms look
The Living Room.
lived-in, cozy feeling. Discard worn, chipped, frayed furniture. Add lamps
if it is dark. Open curtains. Set out fresh flowers.
Many buyers judge
the house keeping by the oven and stove. Appliances should be spotless and
everything works perfectly. Replace or repair anything that sticks,
squeaks or drips. Clear clutter from countertops.
The Master Bedroom.
This is the
second-most appealing room to a buyer (after the kitchen). Remove excess
furniture to make it appear larger. Show the true size of the closets by
removing or packing items that can be stored elsewhere.
Make sure bathrooms
are always neat and clean. Remove clutter from sink countertops. Make sure
showers are free of scum and tile grout in good shape. Most buyers pay
close attention to this!
If possible, make the
basement look like a “living area.” Clear out as much clutter as possible
(consider moving it into storage). If you have an extra sofa or loveseat
and coffee table, consider creating a living area.
When You Let
Potential Buyers In The Door
Make sure that the
exterior and interior are both in order! Furthermore, appeal to the
potential buyers’ senses: make sure the lights are on, the home has a
vanilla aroma, and perhaps soft classical or jazz music playing on the
neighborhood real estate expert, I wrote this report to help educate you
and help maximize the marketability of your home. These ideas are based on
my collective experience. I hope you found them to be valuable, and if
there is ever any way I can be of service to you or anyone you know,
please contact me at (832) 788-9780. There’s no obligation, and I’d love
to help you!