Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate

Get Your Home Ready To Sell

A common mistake people make is to spend a lot of money – renovations, new roof, remodeling. While buyers will be impressed with these things, spending $5000 on remodeling will not add $5000 to your sale. Spend as little money as possible, and spend it on cosmetic, readily seen features like interior painting. The time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.

If you think about everything that needs to be done to sell your house, you might throw your hands up in despair, or at least feel some anxiety. Take one step at a time, one small task at a time. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results.  Call, text, or email us as soon as you are thinking of selling. This way we can set up your free redesign and pre-listing consultation.

My team can help with all of the following to make the process as smooth and stress free as possible.  

Clear Clutter, stage and redesign

Have a garage sale. Whatever doesn’t sell needs to be set out for a Disabled American Veterans or other charitable organization. Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.  If prospective buyers walk into your house greeted by the smell of cat litter, cigarette smoke, mildew or pet accidents, there is little chance that even a reduced sales price will persuade them to buy. So the first thing to do Clean, clean, clean. This includes walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.  Get rid of clutter. Put away appliances you normally leave on countertops. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic. Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors. Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture. Thoroughly clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven). Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways. Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.  If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) elsewhere while the house is on the market. Wash the windows inside and out. 

Repair, Remodel

Put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox. If you have siding or brick, power-wash it. If you have a painted exterior, consider repainting in a neutral shade. This is especially important if there is any peeling. Clean and align gutters and downspouts. If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles. Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking. Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.Paint the front door. Paint the walls and ceilings a neutral color – off white or beige. Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles. Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork. Repair dripping faucets and showerheads. Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen. Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs. Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it. Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks. Check to see that all windows will open and close. Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs. Make sure every light switch works. Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads (drive two long finishing nails at opposing angles through the floor and sub-floor into the joist). Lubricate any squeaking doors Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling, and reseal if possible. Make sure the porch light works. Inspect and clean the chimney.Repair broken outdoor steps.

Curb Appeal, This is your first impression, so it had better be a good one.

Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn regularly. Make sure it’s well watered and reseed any sparse areas. Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly. Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house. Put down a New welcome mat.

 

This may seem like a lot of work but having all of this done will not only put your home above the competition but will make your home sell in a shorter amount of time for a better price.  This along with our team of professionals will allow a smooth transition to your next home...  

If you have any questions please feel free to call 636-464-4221, text 314-807-5476, or email misty@wheststonehometeam.com.  We are a full service Real Estate team of professionals for Jefferson County and St Louis County Missouri.