It doesn't have to cost a lot to get your home ready to sell -- but it can cost YOU a lot of money in a lower sales price if you don't prepare your home for a sale. Buyers have options when searching for a house, so when they visit your home they usually make a mental checklist of things that are Right and Wrong with a property. Sometimes, simple fixes and inexpensive repairs can increase your sale price as well as help sell your home faster.
Consider some of these things to improve the "marketing" of your home:
- Practice thorough yard maintenance.
- Reseal cracks in concrete areas.
- Power-wash the exterior.
- Clean and align gutters and downspouts.
- Clean the chimney.
- Remove oil stains from the driveway and garage. Sweep walks and driveway.
- Wash windows.
- Thoroughly clean the interior.
- Repair damage to all indoor surfaces.
- Repair drippy faucets and showerheads.
- Unclog slow drains.
- Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, and wood floors.
- Clean out the fireplace.
- Mend torn window screens. Clean out window tracks.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
- Clean all appliances.
- Replace toilet seats and shower curtains.
- Clear away all cobwebs.
- Wash all light switches, handrails, and doorknobs.