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The decision has been made and the home will be being put on the market shortly for SALE.
There are often small things to do around the house in regards to “getting it ready” to sell.
We have worked with many Realtors and property stagers in the past years and the following are some of the things that assist in the selling your home in regards to Fresh curb appeal and hopefully a shorter time on the market
Interior Prepping and Painting:
- Touch up areas of wear on trim, usually found on door casings, window sills and baseboards
- The ceiling stain you have lived with for years now has to be painted, as you do not want the prospective buyers to think you have a roof issue with water.
- The RED accent wall that you love now should be painted to match the rest of the room.
- The color of that room you love that is “a little different color” maybe lime green, aqua marine or another personal color should be neutralized.
- Paint the risers going up the stairs, we learn to live with scuffs and dings but you want the house to shine.
- The bathroom ceiling. Does it have mold or paint flakes? If so its time to paint
- Bathroom walls, do they have streaks from water running down them, possibly from a teenagers long showers? If so, time to paint.
- KITCHEN cabinets: The cost of replacing cabinets to sell your home can be astronomical. Consider if they are stained, sometimes they just need a cleaning and a coat of polyurethane to give them a nice shine. Another alternative would be to paint your cabinets which can be explained in this blog we did earlier Kitchen Painting Blog
Exterior Prepping and Painting:
- Power wash the house to give it a clean look washing away all the road dust/dirt, old cobwebs.
- Front door and Entrance: Provide a great first impression with a freshly painted front door and trim at the entrance. You want them to see a well maintained entrance to set the pace for the rest of the visit
- Gutters, cleaned and washed. reattach any loose downspouts and make sure they are all working properly.
- Decking: A fresh coat of stain will often make the deck look brand new again.
- Any area the water splashes back onto the house often need paint more often than other areas due to the constant presence of the water.
- bulkhead: Sand any rusted areas, spot prime and a fresh coat of paint.
- Window sills: The water and sun really take their toll on the sill causing paint failure usually before other areas first. scrape, prime and paint does wonders to rectify this problem.
- The Fence: Last but not least. we were at a home this past year and all thought the house was beautiful when you walked into the back yard your eyes went immediately to the peeling and faded fence. A coat of stain does wonders and the fence will look great.
The above list seems daunting as we live in our houses for years and then it is suggested we should “spruce it up” for the sale of the home. We often think “if it is good enough for me then it is good enough for them” but reality is most people can not see thru a color they do not like, peeling paint or that first impression often will set the tone for the rest of the house visit.
If you need any assistance or have questions on what we have done in the past for homes that are being readied for the market, please feel free to reach out to us and let us answer your questions or concerns.