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Prepare Your Home For Sale
If you are like most people who are selling their homes, you want it sold quickly to a qualified buyer and for the most money possible. Though the rewards may be high, selling your home takes a lot of effort and hard work. Preparation is the key. How you prepare the house for sale will determine how quickly the property will be sold and how high your profit margins will be.
Property Inspections
With the exception of the location, the appearance and the overall condition of the house will be the key factors in how quickly it will sell. They will also determine the price at which the house is sold. However, before you plan on painting or remodeling in anticipation, it is recommended that you hire a professional inspector to examine the house. The time and money that you spend on minor repairs and paint jobs will have been wasted if a future inspection exposed larger defects. Suppose a wall that you have just plastered and painted was later found to have faulty wiring inside of it, not only will you have to fix the wiring, you also have to plaster and paint the wall again.
Having an inspection completed before you place your home on the market and before you do any work on it will save you a lot of headaches later on. Problems will be recognized immediately and you will have the time fix them accordingly.
The home inspection should include examinations of the foundation of the house, the roofing, plumbing, electrical systems, ventilation, heating systems, insulation, ceilings, walls, floors, doors, termites, and the presence of toxic materials.
In the event that additional inspections commissioned by potential buyers reveal additional faults with the house, your inspection can serve as evidence that you have not been negligent with the condition of the house.
Property Preparations
Following the initial inspection and knowing in advance of all the defects and flaws, you can now place your focus on repairs and cleaning.
  • Clear all closet space- the size of closets will be very important
  • Wash all windows
  • Clean all carpets and rugs
  • Fix all leaky faucets
  • Change all light bulbs, preferably to higher wattage ones
  • Use air freshener all around the house
  • For buyers, the first impression of the house is often the most lasting one.
  • Paint the house - having the house freshly painted can do wonders for sales.
  • Mowing the lawn, picking up loose branches and planting flowers will enhance the appeal
  • Buy a new welcome mat
  • Install better lighting
  • Plaster and repair any cracks in the walls
  • Make the beds
  • Clean and regrout the tiles
  • Re-glaze the tubs and sinks if rust shows
  • Scrub the tub and toilets, eliminating the mildew
  • Add potpourri
  • Place a new bar of soap on the dish
  • Place new towels on the rack
  • Clean out the refrigerator- people will look inside!
  • Clean the stove and oven interior
  • Wipe off the countertops
Living Room:
  • Remove some furniture- while your house is being shown, the space will appear to be larger
  • Thoroughly dust the area
  • Remove all picture frame and items resting on the mantle
  • If bookcases appear to be cluttered, remove a few books
  • Clean the blinds or curtains and leave them open to invite in the sun
  • Remove clutter for easy access and walkway
  • Install a dehumidifier
  • Clean the furnace and laundry room
  • Cover visible pipes
  • Secure the handrail and the stairway
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