So many people come to me and talk about moving - wanting a bigger house, smaller house, different area etc - and are overwhelmed with the thought of getting their home MARKET READY. It can be overwhelming but before embarking on a crazy adventure of fix-it-to-sell-it, talk with an experienced agent in your area.
1. Work with a LOCAL agent: they know your area, they know the market. Uncle Jim Agent or Aunt Joan Realtor 1000 miles away work in a completely different market area and while homes near them may need granite counter tops and hardwood floors, your market area may not!
2. Not everything needs to be fixed: You don't need to fix everything. Maybe your carpet isn't 100%.... it's gotten some wear-n-tear over the years with 3 kids and 2 dogs and lots of in-and-out. In other words, your carpet has earned its keep! But do you need to replace? Maybe.... maybe not. ASK YOUR AGENT! They will help you decide where the investment may be vital and whether or not you will get some return on that investment.
Check out the list below that will give you some rough guidelines on where to start.... DEFINITELY reach out to your agent to refine the list.
Get Your Home Ready To Sell
l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.
l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.
l Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.
l If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.
l Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.
l Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.
l Wash the windows inside and out.
l Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
l Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.
l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
l Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
l Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
l Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.
l Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
l Make sure every light switch works.
l Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.
l Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
l Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
l Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
l Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
l Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
l Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.
l Play pleasant music at low volume.
Natasha Kaiser is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in the North Georgia area. She covers areas such as: Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cumming, Dawson, Dacula, Buford, Sugar Hill, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Suwanee among others. For a complimentary market analysis of your home or assistance with finding a realtor in your area, please call 678-756-2317 or email Natasha.Kaiser@coldwellbankeratlanta.com.