Preparing Your Home For Sale – Part 5 of 5 – Top tips
Important $$$ Saving Ideas
- Put higher wattage light bulbs everywhere. The added light can make a difference.
- Oil all squeaky doors.
- Tighten all doorknobs and make sure all doorstops are in place.
- Replace any burned out lights.
- Warning!! Warning!! Under no circumstances be home for showings. The buyer will spend more time looking if the seller is not there. Go to the neighbors, walk around the block. If you are there the buyer will not talk freely and the agent will not know their true thoughts. If by chance you do run into the buyer, do not volunteer information about the home. Many times what you consider an advantage to you is a disadvantage to the buyer. Know that anything you say can jeopardize your negotiating position.
- Open all curtains, drapes, blinds, etc. during the day.
- For every showing, turn on all the lights before you leave. If anything is broken you must, by law, disclose, better still FIX IT.
- If there are fixtures attached which will not go with the house, remove them at once and replace before anyone shows your house.
- Sprinkle a few drops of vanilla extract on a warm stove burner, or on a lamp bulb before turning it on, or a few drops of vanilla in a small pan of water and put in a warm oven.
- Run the vacuum every morning.
- Please reframe from smoking in the house; a much larger percentage of buyers will not look at a house if it smells of smoke.
- Refrain from the use of potpourri, many people are allergic to the odors.
- Clean and repair all cracked windows.
- Make sure all wall switches “do something.” Lights, radio, etc. comes on when switched on.
- ODORS – If you have pets, there will be an odor. A great product called “Simple Solution” is available at pet stores. This eliminates all type of organic odors. Consider boarding pets during the selling hours. 45% of the public is either highly allergic to or very afraid of any animal.
- Repair any leaking taps and toilets.
- It is a good idea to have the home professionally cleaned once when your home first goes on the market. This includes carpet cleaning and window cleaning.
You might be overwhelmed by this list. There is no question that, given 2 equal homes where one is staged and spotless and there other isn’t, the staged home will sell faster and for more money. Think of it as sweat equity.
If you are ready to talk about listing your home in Bellingham or Whatcom County, or if you need a referral to a good agent elsewhere, contact me.