4. Clean and organize the closets. With the modular closet items available today, it is easy and inexpensive to dress up your closets. Storage really does matter when considering a new home.
5. Make sure the outside entry way is in tip top shape. This is the focus from the street and also the first thing prospective buyer’s see when entering your house. Fresh paint on the from door and fresh flowers can make a big difference.
6. If you are not going to sell your home by yourself, then interview several realtors. Ask them about your area, what their marketing plan will be, and negotiate commission. There are thousands of realtors and not all of them are equal. Don’t get frustrated by the fact that you pick one that simply puts a sign in your yard and waits for the low hanging fruit. You are going to pay this person a lot of money… make them work for it and for you!
7. Deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms. These areas of the home are generally the most cluttered and dirty. Both of those things will turn off willing buyers. Deep clean stove tops and ovens, cabinets and sinks. Also spend some extra time if you have a dirty shower or bath tub. If they don’t already, you want these things to sparkle.
8. Pet waste and signs of damage. Clean up the backyard or whatever area your pets use outside. Buyers will walk around the yard you don’t want them to be distracted from your home because they are maneuvering through a mine field of dog droppings. Also, you can’t conceal damage but that doesn’t mean you can’t fix stuff. If the dog has chewed a door or scratched a wall… fix it. These easy and inexpensive fixes will pay great dividends when you sell the house.
9. De-personalize your home. You want prospective buyers’ to be able to visualize their family in the home and that is much harder to do with all of your family’s stuff. So go ahead and pack up most of the pictures, trophies, mementos you are going to do it any way to move just get a head start.