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Realtor Series: Getting your house ready for sale (Part 3)

October 22, 2012

For the last couple of weeks we have been sharing our tips on how to get your home ready for sale. This week however brings this to a close as we reveal our 3 final steps.

Starting with step eight and it’s time to get the house sparkling clean! We have come up with a small checklist to help you on your way:

  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Wash windows both inside and outside.
  • Re-caulking showers and sinks.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Polish any chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Try to vacuum daily.
  • Wax those floors.
  • Dust any wooden furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach basins where needed.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are an instant turn-off.

Step nine – check your curb appeal. Not only is it important to have the inside looking great, but you want to ensure potential buyers are attracted to the outside too. This doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money fixing it up, it just means you should do a few simple things to help freshen up the “first impression” of your home, so to speak.

  1. Mow the lawn (if you have one).
  2. Paint an faded down window trim.
  3. If you have a garden, why not plant some new flowers?
  4. Make sure your house number is clearly visible to see.
  5. Ensure there is no clutter for potential buyers to trip on.

Honestly, it’s about using your own discretion here. Take a walk outside and have a look. If you can see areas that need improvement why not hop to it, and ensure a potential buyer is more likely to match your asking price.

Step ten scrutinise and disassociate. You’ve cleaned up the place and left it sparkling.. you have scrutinised and seen that all the tasks to making the home pop have now been finished.  Now it’s time to really sit back and disassociate yourself from it. With all the extra attention it’s had lately, it might be looking the best it has in years.. and you are wondering was selling this place the really best choice? If you find yourself in this situation it’s best to make the emotional step of “letting go” by focusing on the fact this house will no longer be yours. Go through and say goodbye to every room. Picture yourself handing over the keys and in turn handed the cheque that will mean a new start for yourself as well. Pat yourself on the back, and know you’ve done a good job and a service to your home by making it look the best it possible can under your direction, and now after all of this, are you ready to sell your home.

Thank you for joining us for part 3 of this series. If you need any help in home furnishings, be it carpets, flooring or blinds please pop in to your nearest Andersens store where a friendly sales member will be able to help you out.

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