We’ve all known the kind of people who everyone would like to buy things from. The kind that save all their records for repairs and keep great logs of service, get regular maintenance done and are just generally detailed and organized about caring for their things. We call it obsessive compulsive or sometimes pride of ownership. Bottom line is that this type of person can get more money and sell their items quicker than others.
When selling a home, if you are not a person who naturally does this, you certainly can benefit from at least appearing like you do.
Here are a few ideas to help you do just that.
1. Keep your yard mowed and precisely edged. Mulch all beds, trim trees so windows show, pull weeds, and before a showing, water your grass so it sparkles. Make sure shrubs and trees aren’t touching the house or roof. Freshly paint your mailbox and front door and have large easy to read house numbers displayed. Clean your windows and remove the screens.
2. Neatly organize in trays, boxes, or baskets your drawers, cabinets, and closets. Pack up everything you won’t use in the next 3 months and label boxes and store neatly in the garage or storage building.
3. Clean and shine up all lights and ac/heat vents and ceiling fans. Make sure all light bulbs work. Don’t use the slow to brighten ones as your home will appear dark during showings.
4. Freshen all caulk in baths and along molding
5. Freshen up paint on trim, doors, window sills, and walls where needed
6. Clean and organize fridges and pantries
7. Make sure your house is clean, dust free, and scrubbed, vacuumed and has a pleasant smell. Green apple or apple cinnamon are best for plug in scents.
Certainly this takes a lot of work, but will reward you greatly with how much you can sell your home for – and without it having to sit on the market for months.