10 Home Selling Suggestions
Prepare Your North Carolina Mountain Home for a Successful Sale
First Impressions Make a Difference
- The front door greets the prospective buyer so make sure it’s clean, painted, and welcoming
- Keep the lawn edged and trimmed
- Add a colorful pot of flowers on the deck or in the house
- Dispose of any trash in the yard
- Put lawn equipment and garbage cans away
Keep toys picked up both inside and out
The smell of bread baking or cookies baking is always a welcome smell. If this is not your area of expertise, boil some water and vanilla on the stove
- Have soft music on when people arrive for the showing
- Leave your home during the showing so as to give the seller freedom to look about
- Put any dirty dishes in the dishwasher
- Pack away photographs so potential buyers can visualize their own family in the home
Decorate Your Home for a Quick Sale
- Touch up anything that reduces cosmetic appeal (faded or peeling paint or wallpaper on walls, old and worn woodwork, etc.)
- Add a new coat of neutral colored paint to walls – it will make a huge difference!
Spruce up the Leaky Faucet
- Spend a few extra dollars to fix leaky faucets and make a better impression
- Polishing all stain-less steel fixtures and appliances will them more appealing
Repair, Repair, Repair
- Fixed loose doorknobs, sticking doors, and warped drawers
- For those drawers that push and pull a bit hard, take a candle and rub on the runners or the edge of the drawers that rub against the bottom.
- Do a thorough inspection of your home for other minor flaws that lower your home’s value
- Have someone do those "Honey Do's". Those items you mean to get fixed, but just have not. Why wait until you sell...simply have them repaired.
Make it Bright
- Open curtains and blinds to let the light shine in.
- Turn on the lights in every room-replace any lights that are burned out.
- Be advised dark rooms do not appeal to most people
- Ask Dorothy for additional suggestions.
Clean Windows Maximize the View
- Clean all windows both inside and our
- Ensure windows open close appropriately
Clear Some Space
- Show the full value of room and space you have
- Remove clutter in each room to give a larger appearance
- Rent a storage unit if necessary. This will give an advantage when you are ready to move.
- Organize your drawers, cabinets, and refrigerator. Be advised, buyers will be checking storage space.
Bathrooms Will Help Sell Your Home
- Check and repair the caulking in your shower(s) and bathtub(s)
- Clean it from top to bottom – your bathroom(s) should sparkle! Including wiping off the light bulbs. Just make sure they are cool when you do this.
- Make sure your laundry is picked up.
No Trace of the Pet
- Many buyers are pet-sensitive
- Be sure you take your pets outside of the home before showing it
- Remove all odors, as well as beds, toys, litter, and bowls
Clean and Then Clean Some More
- Inspect all the corners, ceiling fans, baseboards, etc. for cobwebs and dust
- If you don’t have time to really clean your home, hire someone to do it for you
- Make your home look its best for maximum return
Get a Home Inspection- Give Yourself an Advantage
- Usually your Buyer will want a home inspection. Hire one first and fix the items that you think a Buyer will want fixed. If not, you may need to adjust the selling price accordingly.
- An inspector will tell you the condition and how many years are left on your roof.
- Buyers do not like a lot of things wrong with a home. This scares them away.
- Be up front with your Realtor if there is a problem. They can refer suggest professionals to assist you.
- Regardless of whom the Realtor is working for-the Seller or the Buyer-they are required by law to disclose any material fact they are aware of.
- Home disclosures must be filled out on the condition of each home. Be truthful. All problems eventually surface and it could drastically delay the closing or a faulty disclosure may give reason for the Buyer to cancel the contract.
Click here to request the names of qualified home inspectors in the area.