How do you get your Roseburg home ready to sell? First of all, before even listing your home, it’s important to get your home ready for the market. Don’t pound the sign in the yard until you step back and take a critical look at your home.
Here are 10 things I came up with that you can do today to start getting your home ready to sell. Got questions, just ask.
10 Things You Can Do To Get Your Home Ready To Sell
The market has been in full swing, and it hasn’t slowed down much even through the colder winter months. In fact I put 3 homes under contract Thanksgiving week!
With the faster paced market, I can understand how a seller might be tempted to take advantage of the business, and skip out on the preparation stage. However, this is a big mistake. Preparation is a very important key when getting a home ready to sell.
Getting ready for the market;
- Yard Maintenance. Trim any bushes in front of the home, green up the yard, clean the gutters, treat any roof moss, remove all dead or dying plants, and pressure wash walk and driveways. In other words, tidy up the yard so that it looks good from the street.
- Exterior Home Maintenance. Check the exterior of the home for bubbling/peeling paint, or exposed wood. If you can, paint the exterior of the house. If you can’t paint the whole exterior, I would recommend pressure washing and painting the problem areas. Another easy way to update the outside of your home is to paint/clean the front door and trim. In addition, repair/replace any defective or broken windows.
- Garage. Do the garage doors open and close properly? Make make sure they do. If not, fix them. It’s also a good idea to throw a fresh coat of paint on the doors, or clean up non-painted garage doors doors as well. Keep in mind, before listing is the perfect time to clean out and re-arrange/de-clutter the garage.
- Inside General. Paint the interior of the whole house and paint the cabinets (if needed). For outdated kitchens, you might get a quote for refacing cabinet doors so they look more modern in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Bathrooms. How do the bathroom sinks look? Maybe you should install new sinks, fixtures, and toilets (or at least new toilet seats). Re-grouting the tile and replacing the flooring in the bathroom are two other great updates.
- Clean. It’s amazing what we see sometimes when we’re out showing property. The amount of gunk and clutter can really kill a showing! Clean your house, and keep it clean for showings. Make it as pleasant as possible. Other things you can do is replace all burned out light bulbs, and install new light switches, switch plate covers, and lighting fixtures.
- Smells. Seriously, smells are one of the biggest negative comments I get from buyers. Get ride of any odors by cleaning the carpets and treating them with new deodorant.
- Good Smells. Try mixing a little vanilla and water in an oven-safe bowl and put it in a heated oven. One of my favorite is a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser. Remember a little goes a long way and even good smells can be overbearing. I don’t recommend burning candles or spraying air freshener before showings. It may cause the buyer to question what “bad” smells you’re trying to hide.
- De-Clutter. Depersonalize your home, de-clutter, and box things up that you don’t use often. I would even go as far as renting a storage unit if you have too much stuff, just to create more open space.
- Fill The Cracks. It doesn’t seem like much, but by filling in the cracks in the driveways, sidewalks, and porches with expandable putty will show your potential buyer that you are on top of maintenance.
This is just a quick punch-list of things you can do to get your home ready to sell, create create curb appeal, and make your home show great. If you live in the Roseburg Oregon area, and would like me to personally view your home, make recommendations, and help you price your home, just ask.
Troy Schuyler – 541-643-1131.
Licensed real estate broker at CENTURY 21 The Neil Company Real Estate. 541-643-1131