FSBO - Preparing your Home to Sell
Neat, well maintained landscaping Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers. A pot of seasonal flowers for a pop of color is a great way to improve your curb appeal.
Clean the outside A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding.
Make repairs In a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers. You don’t want to sell your home, only to have the deal fall through because of issues on a home inspection.
Make the front door inviting A fresh coat of paint, and new house numbers draw buyers in.
Buy a new welcome mat Let buyers know they're invited into your home.
Remove clutter and depersonalize Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items. You’re going to have to pack anyway, you might as well get a headstart.
Organize closets and drawers Closets and shelves half full make your home seem roomy and spacious.
Clean, Clean, Clean Think of this as a job interview for your home. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.
Pick a neutral color You aren’t decorating for you, appeal to the majority of people by choosing a color that fades into the background. You might love lime green but a potential buyer might not be able to see the beautiful bedroom because they are distracted by the lime green walls.
Have an honest friend give your home a sniff test Pet odors, seafood, musty basement, even stinky sneakers at the front door – get carpets professionally cleaned, light a vanilla candle, and find a hidden spot to store shoes so the only smell is a clean home.
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