These days most everyone who is preparing to sell their home knows that there are a basic set of things that you need to do to prepare it physically to be listed for sale. These things include decluttering, cleaning, painting and staging. However, there are many other details that can often be overlooked that can be just as important. Here is a list of things that you should pay close attention to when you list your home for sale.
Pressure Wash Dirt/Mold
Especially here in South Florida, roofs, driveways and even some portions of houses will need to be pressure washed to be free of mold or grime. Not only can pressure washing things make them look nicer, but it can also prevent things like a dirty roof looking older than it really is.
Focus on Your Entry Door
As this is the first thing everyone is going to see that previews your house, make sure it really shines, literally. Take a look at everything around it too, not only is the door freshly painted, but is the mailbox next to it clean? Do you need a fresh doormat? Are windows nearby washed?
Depersonalize the Outdoors
Make things as neutral as possible and remove anything that may be too personal such as seasonal decor, flags or lawn ornaments.
Open up Blinds
Let the sunlight in. Open up all blinds in all rooms to allow each to be bright. Brighter rooms always appear more inviting that dark, cavernous ones. Take a look at your window treatments too, do they need to be updated with some fresh new ones? There are some great cost effective options nowadays.
Fix Driveway/Walkway Cracks
Large cracks in driveways patios or walkways can be unsightly or even dangerous as a tripping hazard. If you cannot fix these yourself, consider hiring a handyman or mason to address them for you.
This does not mean that you should purchase smelly candles or plug-in air fresheners as they can be just as offensive as foul odors. Remove foul odor sources such as pet belongings or the like. Minimize preparing any strong smelling meals during showing times and leave windows open when you can for fresh air.
Organize Storage Areas
Yes, don’t forget your closets and storage areas. Well organized closets will always appear larger and more accommodating. Consider investing in better shelving systems or wall organizers if need be.
Most appliances have manuals or warranties. For any that are newer and recently purchased, this can even be helpful as a selling feature. Gather all of these together for future owners.
Sweep Garage/Carport Areas
These areas are also important parts of the home and even though they are prone to getting dirty, doesn’t mean they should remain that way. You don’t want any prospective buyers to feel that any room or part of your home needs to still be cleaned.
Search Your Address Online
Check to see if your home is located on some major websites and that all information is accurate. Some sites allow you to claim your home as yours and update the info so it is correct.