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Thinking about selling your home?

countertop-settingBefore you call your Realtor, Tackle this “To Do” list…

  • Paint the front door
  • Add flowers! Remember, the front door is the buyer’s 1st experience so make it welcoming!
  • Fix cracks in the sidewalk, steps, garage floor and driveway
  • Prune the trees and shrubs
  • Weed the flower gardens and freshen up the mulch
  • Home Repair! Dented gutters, peeled window sills, loose siding… fixing these now will not give the future buyer any red flags.
  • New roofs are always highlighted in a listing. So if your roof looks like it’s weathered too many storms, now would be a good time to replace it.  Call your insurance agent first as it may be covered.
  • If you are thinking of listing your home in the cold winter months, take photos of your gardens and landscaping over the summer, if you can.  I love to see these displayed in the home book for buyers to see what your home looks like in the warmer seasons
  • Dust light fixtures and fans, ceilings and woodwork
  • Wash windows and screens
  • Strip and re-caulk plumbing fixtures
  • Scrub the grout in tiled areas
  • Shampoo carpets and get those stains out – new carpet is expensive!
  • Utility Room:  Dust off your furnace and water heater. They will instantly look newer!  Those spiderwebs will have to find another home.
  • Organize every closet and cabinet… one at a time.  This is the best time to donate, sell or give to a lucky friend anything that will not be going with you to your next home.  Why wait until you sell, you still have to deal with it?  This is also a great time to pack the things that you are keeping but don’t need in the next 6 months.  If you clear out a wall in your storage area, then you can stack all of the moving boxes in an organized way.  Now it will be easier to keep things clean for future showings.
  • Paint the walls a warm neutral color… nothing is better than a fresh coat of paint.  No more scuffs and dents. Your home will look clean and new.
  • Deep clean appliances and don’t forget about the oven!
  • Revive your cabinets and update your hardware. I use Restore-A-Finish.  Apply it with a rag, let it sit and wipe away – so easy for rewarding results!
  • If you have a little extra $ in your budget for updating your appliances and countertops, now is the time!  Granite and Stainless Steel adds so much to the kitchen and buyers LOVE updated kitchens!
Now you are ready to call your realtor!  
Good Luck,
– Stacy Edwards
Staging and Design for Chris Rooney & The Preferred Home Team

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