It’s important to make a good impression, every time you have a prospective buyer look at your home. Here are just a few helpful tips to make sure that your home is in ready-to-show condition.
Exterior: The first impression starts at your front door. Clean or pain, fix broken glass or clean glass, make sure the locks work easily and that the exterior is well lighted. Clear out any cobwebs and shine up those exterior lights.
Lawn: Remove clutter, edge walks, trim hedged and weed the gardens. Make sure your lawn is mowed. In the winter, it is essential to keep your driveway and porch free of ice and snow.
Interior: They entry should be welcoming. Floor mats help keep your home clean and makes the prospect feel that you are concerned about your home. The general cleanliness of your home reflects its overall maintenance. It is very important! Don’t expect the buyers to imagine how the house would look if it were clean.
Closets: Over-crowded or poorly arranges closets indicate a lack of adequate storage space. This is important for front hall closets and bedroom closets.
Kitchens: Remove all clutter from the counter tops including unnecessary appliances and decorations. Stove tops should be cleaned, as well as the sink, the refrigerator, and the dishwasher.
Baths: Your bathroom should be spotless. Clean the tub and tile re-grout or caulk if necessary. Remove rust stains and be sure to repair any leaking faucets and toilets.
Hardware: Replace loose door knobs, sticking drawers and warped cabinet doors.
Basement: Clean the exterior of your furnace unit. Replace light bulbs and create a well organized storage space. The basement is where most home inspections begin, so be sure to look for any problem areas before you put your home on the market.
Odors: Home buyers are especially sensitive to odors. You may not be aware of them, so ask your Realtor for an objective opinion. While pet odors are the most problematic, it is important to also be aware of smoking odors, cooking odors and must or mildew.
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