To improve the marketability of your house, it is important that it be 'sale ready' prior to listing. We can help you do this.  In addition to presenting well, it is important to identify areas in need of addressing prior to listing. Nearly all buyers contract a home inspection service prior to deciding, or at least committing, to a sale. Sellers are encouraged to do the same to realize their home's greatest return on investment and to avoid surprises that could negatively impact the sale. 

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get it ready to sell. The most common outlay is for cleaning, painting, replacing worn carpet, and making minor repairs.  Even 'as is' and 'fixer-upper' sales will realize greater returns when prepared for better marketability and sale.

Remember the old idiom "first impressions count {or stick}"? Well, the same science applies in buying and selling real estate.  Looking at a photo of your home and/or seeing it in person {such as when a potential buyer pulls up to view it} can make or break the sale right up front.   

Here are some of the most common ways to foster a positive impression:

  1. Keep your lawn cut and shrubs/trees trimmed and mulched. Remove weeds. Also keep lawn uncluttered and well organized. Keep lawn free of debri, including pet waste.
  2. Hang and/or plant pretty flowers and/or other plants and shrubs. Concentrate on front yard.
  3. Clean out and straighten gutters, fence, and anything that sags.
  4. Repair broken windows and shutters. Paint or replace faded shutters.
  5. Clean and organize the garage. Clear out as much as possible. Declutter.
  6. Consider offsite storage options, if necessary.
  7. Clean windows inside and out.
  8. Clean blinds, drapes, and ceiling fans.
  9. Keep shades and drapes open to allow as much light as possible.
  10. Shampoo and/or replace carpets and rugs.
  11. Create appearance of more space by decluttering and removing excess furniture.
  12. Scale down personal art work, portraits, posters, and family photos.
  13. Clean and keep kitchen cleaned, uncluttered, and welcoming. Maintain empty sink, uncluttered countertops, and organized pantries.
  14. Remove debri and dust from all furniture, lights, and other fixtures.
  15. Keep litter boxes clean and air inside the house odor free. If using air freshners, use moderately.
  16. Fix, replace, and/or remove broken items such as ceiling fans and screens.
  17. Remove dirt, fingerprints, and other marks from walls, or paint. 
  18. When painting, use neutral colors.
  19. Ensure all doors open and close freely.

These actions can only help facilitate the sale of your house and put you in a better position to get the amount you are asking.