Curb Appeal Is Essential
A mowed, trimmed lawn and
weeded garden create a good first impression. Inspect the exterior of
your property: Shutters, windows, front door and steps. If the house
needs painting, buyers will notice and may consider it a major objection
Scrub each room thoroughly.
Give special attention to the entryway, kitchen and bathrooms. Shampoo
the carpet if necessary. If carpet is worn or old, consider replacing or
removing it if hardwood floors are underneath. And don't forget cobwebs
in corners, basements and attics!
will open closets and cupboards, so make sure they're as tidy as
possible. Get rid of items you don't use. Remove unnecessary furniture
to help make each room appear more spacious.
If It's Broken, Fix It
Easily fixable items such as
loose doorknobs, a broken dishwasher, a dripping faucet, and squeaky
doors all detract from your property's value. An afternoon spent making
needed repairs now can eliminate a buyer's objections later.
Small Changes Can Make A Big Impression
Pillow and/or new towels can
freshen a tired kitchen or bath. Fresh flowers add warmth to any room.
And even a fresh coat of paint doesn't cost much.
Don't Forget About Aromatherapy
Make sure your home passes
the scent test. Right before an open house, bake some cookies or bread,
simmer a pot of apple cider & cinnamon on the stove, or light a few
scented candles. Strong odors could send potential lookers running out
the front door.
Get Some Help Fixing Up
If your time is limited, but
you feel a quick fix could dramatically change a potential buyer’s
perspective, call an expert. Invest a little, and go further.