Selling a Home this Summer? Here’s Your Simple “Get Ready” Check-List!
Curb appeal in selling a home counts for a lot, as well all know. However, do you know what “curb-appeal” and all of its components really are? Of course, we all know that it’s the cosmetic “look” of the exterior of the home, but what all, does that actually include, you ask yourself? Moreover…what steps do you need to take to boost your curb-appeal? If considering selling your home this summer (or by the time school is out!), below are steps to take NOW before putting your home on the market. Go outside and stand at the street facing your home and look from the top, down. 1) Trim any trees that are hovering too close to the roof. 2) Paint the exterior of the home if it’s in need. 3) Now is the time to call chem-green and water (by hand if needed or water-restricted) so that your yard will be green and lush this summer. 4) Trim shrubs and have some colorful flowers planted. Doing this now will allow growth so that in 4-6 weeks, they will be fully-bloomed and perfect for professional photos! 5) Powerwash the exterior and get the cobwebs down. 6) Have the exterior and interior windows cleaned 7) What do you think potential buyers are doing while the Realtor is fumbling with getting the keybox open? Better hope they aren’t looking up at your cobwebs. You got it-power-wash.
Now for the interior
There’s a home for everyone. Really. After 14 years of selling homes, I am still amazed at the different likes, dislikes and varied tastes out there. There’s no need to pour upgrades into your home that you won’t get your money back on (*unless the market warrants it; there are rare cases for this). I will say, that spotlessly clean can go a long way to aid in the sale of your home. If you’ve never hired a professional cleaning service (at least to do a “deep clean” now is a great time to indulge).
1) Put a fresh coat of pain on the interior / exterior of your door. This is the first impression of your home. What feeling do you think potential buyers would have if the first thing they looked at was a sun-weathered, paint-chipped door with dings in it?
2) Vacuum the cobwebs from walls / ledges. You may want to hire someone else to do this if you have very tall / soaring ceilings. The same goes for ceiling fans.
3) Neutralize, neutralize, neutralize. You may be fond of red walls, but another person may not. Touch up paint where needed. You want to appeal to a wide audience. Convey classiness and not trendiness.
4) Declutter. If you haven’t touched it in 10 days and it’s on the kitchen counter or just sitting around, box it up and neatly stack in the garage.
5) Depersonalize. You want people to notice your home…not standing around looking at your vacation photos. Take the photos off of your refrigerator, mantle and walls. You want the buyer to “emotionally move in” when they are looking at your home. They can’t do that if they are still thinking of it as “someone else’s home”.
6) Make sure all of your light bulbs are working. Take out the energy-savers and replace them with real light bulbs while your home is on the market.
7) Bathroom counters, tubs, showers–make sure they sparkle. (Magic sponges work great for shower tile / glass doors). There is no bigger turn-off (well…I can think of a few) than walking into a home and seeing moldy shower-caulking. Take the old caulking off, spray the shower with peroxide and scrub baking soda with a toothbrush if needed for those “hard-to-reach” areas (this will penetrate; bleach will not) then re-caulk.
8) Make sure the floors are freshly cleaned. Spot shot carpet cleaner is a great thing to have around if you have kids / dogs / your home on the market. Buy it. It will be your new best friend. (It also works great for #7)
9) Make sure the interior looks light, bright. Open all of the blinds to 3/4 of the way down (dust all of these as well) to to have them look uniform throughout the home and allow sunlight in. If you have darker window treatments, it may be a perfect time to invest in something white to frame your windows with (white gives a clean, serene feeling). You don’t necessarily have to go the designer-route (save that for your next home 😉 You’d be surprised what a white table-cloth and curtain-hooks can do to transform your space.
10) Accessorize. Now that all of your personal items and photos are neatly tucked away, you may need to add a few small interior touches to liven up the space. Think neutral area rugs with a splash of color to pull everything together, coupled with a few colorful throw pillows and back pillows for the sofa and chair. Put some fresh flowers on the counter.
11) Fixtures. Again, while I don’t recommend on pouring money into your home prior to putting it on the market, if your fixtures don’t match, you would be surprised at what a big impact this simple change can have on your space.
12) Music-light jazz for showings. Get in the habit now.
13) A neutral scent. Simmerpots work great for this. I’m a fan of the “Nest” candle collection myself (“Holiday” is amazing and very fragrant without being over-powering. No worries; it can be “holiday” year-round 🙂 Macys, Nordstroms, a few boutiques (Sharlas in Mckinney on the square) and of course Ebay carries them.
14) Bedding. It makes a big impact and creates a cozy feeling. Think Pottery-Barn Layering.
Here’s the best news…if you’re reading this on 3/19, by this time next month, even if you only complete ONE of these task-list items per day, you’ll have your home ready to list by the end of April with time to spare! Print this check-list off and hang on your refrigerator to release those “feel-good endorphins as you check them off!
Now that you know what to do to prep your home, it’s time to find out what you can realistically sell you home for and how long it will approximately be on the market for. You can do that here:
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Amy S. Arey, Realtor, CNE | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell