BEFORE YOUR HOME IS SHOWN
One of the keys to success in today’s ultra-competitive real estate market is toposition your home as the most desirable property at a given price in a given area.Obviously, the most important variable in that equation is price. But making sureyour home is in optimal showing condition will set it apart from the competition andcould be the difference between a timely and productive sale and a long, drawn-outprocess.Here is a checklist of preparations to make before showing your home. Be sure toconsult your @properties agent to find out what improvements they recommend.
Go through your home room by room and ask yourself what you canthrow away and what you can box up and put in storage. Pay extra attention toareas like closets, bookcases, shelves, and kitchen and bathroom counters.
Lack of storage space can be a deal-breaker. Go through your closetsand pantries and throw away, give away or put away anything you don’t need.Clean out bedroom closets so that hanging clothes are aligned and have amplespace. Remove items from closet floors. Reorganize and clean out your kitchencabinets and line up dishes and glassware. Make sure bathroom and kitchendrawers are neatly organized – even your junk drawer.
Give your home a deep clean from top to bottom, including windows,upholstery and carpet, and the refrigerator and oven (yes, buyers actually openthem).
A fresh coat of paint is the least expensive, most effective way to enhancethe appearance of your home. Be sure to use neutral colors.Consult your agent forrecommendations.
Brighten your home.
Light gives the impression of space, so it’s important forevery room in your home to have ample light at any time of day. Prior to showings,wash windows, raise blinds and turn on lights. Add floor and table lamps to brightendark rooms or corners.
Maintain the exterior.
If you live in a single-family home or townhome, maintainyour lawn and landscaping. In winter, shovel and de-ice walkways. In acondominium, pay attention to the area in front of the doorway. Keep it neat andinform the superintendent of any problems, such as burned-out lights. Makebalconies, decks and patios inviting with potted plants and flowers.
Consult with your agent prior to undertaking a large-scale homeimprovement project, but go ahead and make easy repairs such as touch-up