- Before and After — Getting a House Ready to Sell
Curb Appeal is extremely important in getting your house ready to sell. To improve your chance of selling your property more quickly, and to make your house stand out from the crowd, it is imperative that before you call a Realtor, you spend some time focusing on your property’s curb appeal and getting your house ready to sell. A large part of a Buyer’s “Buying Decision” happens during the first few seconds at your property. Buyer’s will notice your curb appeal immediately. Make sure they get a great feeling from the beginning. Look at your house and your property the way a buyer will see it.
Step 1: Curb Appeal — Drive Up to Your Property
Take notice of how your property appears from the curb — “Curb Appeal”, or, if a buyer will be approaching on foot, look from that vantage point. – Is the driveway in need of repair? – Is the yard mowed? – Are there bushes that need trimming or dead trees? – Do you have a fence that’s broken, or a tilting or damaged mailbox?
Step 2: Walk up to the house, and to your main entry.
– Is your walkway in good repair? – Are there trash cans visible? – Does the door need painting or repair? – Are gutters running over and downspouts clogged? Adding potted plants or fresh flowers to your entry way or stairs always helps!
Step 3: Open the door and look inside.
– Does the doorbell work? – Does the door lock and unlock easily? – Does the door squeak? – Are windows in the door or surrounding the door clean? – Is the entryway floor, floor mat or rug clean? – Look up – are there cobwebs?
Step 4: Walk through your house
– Are the windows and floors clean? – Pillows should be fluffed, furniture dusted. The rooms should smell fresh – no pet or smoking odors! If necessary, invest in a room ionizer to eliminate odors.
Step 5: Use my free checklist
Use a list similar to the following, starting outside and working inside. Breakdown things you notice into chores, and if available assign someone to complete them. Once you finish everything — with your curb appeal refreshed, and after you have taken all the other steps toward getting your house ready to sell, your property should look so good that you might have second thoughts about selling. If that’s the case, it’s time to call your Realtor! Download Special Finds House Sale To-Do List as a PDF