Preparing your house for an upcoming sale is not an easy task. However, not planning ahead is time and effort lost in the form of dollars at the negotiating table. Buyers want to mentally imagine themselves living in the house, while you want to get the most out of this deal. So, here are some tips that might not have occurred to you before.
You will want to start with a quick glance at the curb appeal of your house. Visit as many model homes as possible and compare it to the house that you are selling. What is appealing and what is jarring? What features or mistake caught your eye when you drove up the driveway? You may find that there is a lot that needs to be fixed. The trim may have to be repainted, door knobs fixed, and extra coat of paint on the walls can make the house shine as well. Sure, the first two may be minor things but it is something that will save you a couple of thousand dollars when negotiating with the buyer.
The front door may be needing attention that it never got before due to your household’s everyday use of garage door to enter the house. A potential buyer will be standing for more than a few minutes there waiting for the door to open. He or she will notice everything from hanging old wreath on the door, to dusty porch lights, chipped paint, dying plants and anything that you wish they didn’t see. Now is the time to make sure things around the front area are in proper shape. Be sure the doorknobs work, scuff marks on the door are hidden, dead plants are replaced and porch lights are functional. Or maybe it is time to buy that retro outdoor furniture that you have been contemplating to buy since the house was purchased. And, while you are at it, don’t forget to give a fresh cleaning sweep to the driveway and walkway if they have been muddy or greasy from all the vehicles.
Don’t neglect the garage or basement either. Buyers want to see the worth for the money they will be investing. Does your garage or basement look worse than the rest of the house? Is it being neglected in a way that it needs complete overhaul of junks that have been sitting there for quite a while? Do you want to upgrade to modular garage sheds? Is the basement scary in appearance, smelling like rotting moss or lacking air completely?
Now, you will have to look into all these details and make changes wherever needed. Arrange items in these two locations neatly against the wall and make it look clutter-free. Shelving things is a better option and can create an organized look that will appeal to your potential buyers. However, basement, unlike garage needs extra care. For instance, wet basements are a big turn-off for house hunters. It means there is a mysterious plumbing system breakage.