7 Things You Should Know When Selling Your Home

Posted by Robbie Johal on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 1:25pm

Renovations and Repairs – Preparing Your Home For Selling – 7 Things you should know When Selling Your Home.

Selling your house is the process of turning your house into a product. You cannot expect someone to buy a product that is broken or damaged.

Here are some valuable tips you can use when selling your home or getting ready to list your home on the market:

  1. When selling your house, you need to make all necessary replacements and repairs to damaged parts of your house. When preparing your house to be sold, there are certain areas of the house that buyers will look at the most. Knowing these areas will help you to be successful in selling your house.
  2. The two rooms to be concerned about most are the kitchen and bathrooms. These rooms can make all the difference to the value of your home. You cannot dismiss a few scratches on your counters, cupboards, and walls as you normally would do if you lived there. Re-staining or repainting your cupboards is a must if they have not been cared for. Appliances and fixtures should be cleaned to sparkling shine.
  3. Take the time to spackle the walls and repaint them to make them look more appealing to buyers. No one will want to buy a neglected house. The house should be bright, welcoming, and appealing to people other than you. Walls should be painted light colors in all rooms to give the house a more open feeling. These colors should not depict your personal tastes, as a buyer may not be able to see themselves in your home.
  4. Flooring should be completely clean and no wear, scuffs, or signs of usage. Steam clean your carpet, wax the wood floors, and have the grout in your tiled floors professionally cleaned. If the flooring cannot be salvaged with a proper cleaning, it is time to replace. Linoleum is acceptable, but may bring the value of your home down.
  5. Before putting your house on the market, the roof should be inspected, and all leaks or sags should be repaired. If the roof is fine but the shingles are worn, it is a safe bet that you should replace them. Worn shingles are the main contributor to leaky roofs and will bring down your home’s value.
  6. Doors should be inspected to be sure each one opens smoothly and quietly. This includes all indoor and outdoor doors and cupboard doors. Faulty hinges should be replaced and they should all be well oiled. Doors that are crooked should be rehung, and door knobs that do not function smoothly should be replaced. Outside doors should be secure, with new locks installed on them regardless of the current lock’s condition.
  7. The outside of your house should be clean and bright, with no chips broken off. Damaged siding should be replaced, and the entire house should be power washed if you are not replacing the siding. Windows should be intact, and shutters should be clean and undamaged.
  8. Last but not least, make sure you landscaping is attractive. Landscaping is an integral part of your home and should be treated as such. Mow the lawn, mulch the garden, and plant a few trees. If you have any lawn ornaments that are not fountains, you should probably remove them.

To sell your house, you must remove all personal elements from the property. Once the house is a neutral space, prospective buyers will have an easier time envisioning themselves in it. Leaving repairs unfinished is also a sure way to scare buyers off, as they will not want to buy a product that is damaged goods. Smart sellers know to fix up their property before they list it on the market.

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