Before You Sell
put your house on the market, its best to put a shine to it. The way you
present your property to prospective buyers can make all the difference.
Without investing in expensive and time-consuming renovation and redecoration,
it's still possible to show your home to its very best
That first impression when prospective buyers drive up is
very important. If they don't find the outside appealing, they won't be
interested in seeing what's inside. Pinehurst Golf community homes for sale.
Mowed lawns, trimmed shrubbery and clean windows are a start.
Planting a few flowers or plants can do a lot to a front yard.
Fertilize and water the lawn and plants thoroughly 2-3 weeks before putting the
house on the market.
Clean up oil spots on the driveway. Make sure the garage door opens easily.
Swimming pools should be clean along with the pump and filters.
Clean up and throw away any junk or items laying
around the yard.
Now is a good time to have a yard sale, get rid of those items that you don't
to take with you. Do this before you put your house on
the market to greatly reduce the "detrimental clutter look".
Start packing away little things that you don't use everyday.
Recycle magazines, newspapers, bottles, cans and so on.
Pet droppings can easily turn the buyer back to the front door.
If your house could use a paint job and you don't have the time or money, some
times hosing it off (from the bottom up) and repainting the trim will update
the entire facade.
At least paint the side facing the street.
A clean front porch with a fresh looking front door that opens smoothly is a
Any broken windows should be fixed now as they will most likely be before
A few gallons of stain or paint can add real impact to a fence.
Inside, everything should be spotless.
Spending $100 to have someone do heavy "spring cleaning" if needed
can bring a return many times over in the sales price and time on the market.
A fresh coat of light colored paint on the walls is always recommended.
Painting only the trim and the doors will add a lot.
Check to see that all doors open and close freely. Oil any squeaky doors.
Replace any burned out light bulbs. Brighter lights enhance many rooms.
Steam clean the carpets if new carpeting is not possible and to help eliminate
any pet odors. Wash and wax linoleum floors. Repair or replace damaged or
Bathrooms should sparkle. Remove soap scum and mildew. Replace old looking
toilet seats. Kitchens should be clean and bright. Clean oven and stove top.
Exhaust fans should be free of grease and dust. Clear all unnecessary objects
from the countertops.
Keep curtains and blinds open and interior lights on for a bright warm cozy
Store stuff and clutter under beds, not in closets. Homes for sale in Pinehurst
Buyers react most strongly to kitchens, bathrooms and closets, so it pays to
concentrate your efforts here. Sometimes just switching door handles, knobs,
and light switch plates is a dramatic improvement. Replacing new shower
curtains and sink faucets can pay off.
Preview the competition's open houses to see what you are up against in both
pricing and condition. Potential buyers will be previewing these and more.
Try to look at your house "through the buyer's
eyes" as though you've never seen it before. A lockbox is the number one
importance. "If you don't have it, agents won't show it."
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