Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Get Your Home Ready To Sell

The early months of the year is a good time to start preparing your home for the spring market. One of the ways your real estate agent can help you is to make a thorough inspection of your home and advise on what to do to transform it from "your home" to a marketable commodity which will appeal to the greatest range of buyers. While some major updates may be in order there are also some small, "deferred maintenance" items which can be addressed that will make a big difference in the appeal of your property. Below is list of suggestions of things that can be done. There are certainly more that could be added, and not all of these suggestions may apply. Look at your home with a critical eye as to what could be cleaned, fixed or refreshed. Discuss with your realtor which tasks might be the best to tackle first and which could be done later on. When the property is show ready, get ready to shine and reap the rewards of your hard work! If I can be of assistance give me a call at 518-596-2273.

l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.

l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.

l Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.

l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.

l Wash the windows inside and out.

l Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.

l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.

l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.

l Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.

l Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.

l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.

l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

l Re-nail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.

l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.