Preparing a House for Sale

By: Rod Khleif

Every seller wants his or her home to sell fast and make good money with less time and effort. It requires preparing your home that will make buyers to own your home whole-heartedly. It would be easy for you to prepare your home for sale if you prepare a comprehensive list of things to be done.

The Check List for Preparing a House for Sale

The most common things identified in this checklist of preparing a house for sale are as follows.

?De-Clutter:

One of the first things a buyer looks at in a home is the storage it offers. Remove excess furniture to make rooms seem as spacious as possible. The rule of thumb is if you have not used a thing over a year, you probably do not need it. Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use. Do not forget about basement, attic or garage. Think of this process as a head start on the packing, you will eventually need to do anyway.

?Rearrange Bedrooms and Kitchen:

Buyers love to snoop around bedrooms and kitchen, as they are the most important part of the house. Rearrange beds and wardrobes, organize kitchen cupboards and closets. If major appliances are being sold with the home, make sure they are spotless, odor-free and in good working condition.

?Make Minor Repairs:

There are some minor repairs, which help in changing the face of the house greatly.

?Replace cracked floor or tiles and fix leaky faucets. Strip outdated wallpaper.

?Repair any cracks or holes in the walls and ceiling and repaint if necessary.

?Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.

?Check the exterior and interior wall paint, a fresh coat for your house may cost you a bit of time and money but will elevate your home.

?Make sure light fixtures, switches, switch plates and outlet covers are clean and in good working order.

?Check Curb Appeal:

One of the most important issues in determining the salability of your house is how inviting potential buyers find it from the street or curb. Curb appeal is made up of three primary components: the front entrance, the rest of the front of the house, and landscaping. To do things-

?Keep the sidewalks cleared.
?Mow the lawn.
?Paint faded window trim.
?Trim your bushes and group flowerpots together.
?Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

?The Action Plan:

You have now identified everything that you will need to do to prepare your home for sale. Look at your overall list and decide which things you want to handle yourself. Grouping things in this manner will save you money and time. Your final step is to lay down the order of projects so that everything happens in logical sequence and not all at the last minute.

The above information will help you to avoid a lot of last minute hassles and expenses. It also assists you to evade the risk of putting yourself in the position to show the house to a potential buyer before it is really ready.

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