Outside Matters! Curb appeal has a huge impact on a buyer's impression of your home No matter how glorious your home looks on the inside. Since you only have one chance to make a first impression, it’s important to make people feel welcome, safe and impressed as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Make sure your grass is cut, unsightly weeds pulled, and driveway-walkway swept. Ensure all exterior lights by the front door are working.
Don't go Overboard with Renos! Quick fixes before selling are recommended and always pay off. Major renovations and makeovers before selling aren't always necessary, especially if you don't recover your expenses or get your money back in the sale of your home. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint for the walls. Make sure burnt out light bulbs are replaced, clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Update door handles, light switches and fixtures and cabinet hardware. Make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout in bathrooms and floors. Clean your gutters, and powerwash exterior siding if need be.
Storage space! Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Declutter your storage areas and closets, by at least half if you can, then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Show Ready! Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times. Showing requests can be impromptu, so be available and flexible for viewing requests within reason. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, vacuum and dust on a daily basis, make sure the beds are made, bathrooms clean uncluttered and sparkling. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
Lights On! Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in the sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable and for more money.