Preparing your home for sale may seem daunting, but taken step-by-step it's fairly easy.
Your agent and stager are also your helpmates in making sure your home is presented in its' very best light! Ask for help! Happy home prep:))
1. Find Your Agent - Ask colleagues, neighbors and friends for a referral. Interview several agents to determine who understands your local market and who will best protect your interests.
2. Curb Appeal - Evaluate your house from the street. Add flowers, freshen the landscape, paint your door, add a snazzy front door light, make all exterior repairs.
3. Keep it Sleek - Sweep everything off surfaces, side tables, windowsills, tidy your cabinets. Stow your crazy artwork, personal photos. Buyers like a blank canvas to picture their personal affects in the home!
4. Paint - Find out what the best neutrals are, paint walls, ceilings, doors, moldings, windows and baseboards.
5. Hardware - New Door handles, switch covers, kitchen cabinet and drawer pulls, change faucets, swap out lighting fixtures.
6. Plants - Add a tall palm or tree to a dark corner, succulent arrangement to the coffee table, flowers on the dining table and fruit on a kitchen counter!
7. Smelly - Check for pet/cooking/smoking odors and treat by deep cleaning or changing carpet. Damp basement? Use a dehumidifier, seek professional help.
8. Squeaky Clean - Tidy up, mop, scrub, shine, clean grout, corners, baths, sweep walkways, vacuum, tidy yard.
9. Stow Valuables - Jewelry, art, passports, personal bills/documents. Lock them up, store elsewhere or keep out of site.
10. Stage your Home - Full staging provides the opportunity for a designer look to showcase your home so that buyers can picture themselves there! Consider partial staging where the stager brings in accessories to enhance what you have.
CYNTHIA PALMER, Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor, Lic #01445659
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