For Sale – Preparing Your House

by Rachel Laurendeau on April 11, 2012

If it is time to put your home up for sale, there are a number of things you can do to prepare it in order to get that quick sale and great offer that you are looking for. A bit of time and money spent upfront will pay off in the long run.

Home Inspection
According to Houselogic, one of the first things to do when preparing your home for sale is to have a pre-sale home inspection done. A home inspector can uncover problems that you may be unaware of and give you the chance to make repairs before putting your house on the market. Be aware that in some states, the inspection results have to be disclosed to potential buyers.

Repairs and Remodeling
Once you’ve had the home inspection done, it is time to address any of the major issues that were uncovered. In addition, fix as many of the little problems as you can in order to present your house in the best possible light. Things like dripping faucets, mildewed tub caulking and torn screens will likely turn away many potential buyers.

You will have to decide if you need to take on any additional remodeling projects. According to realtors and decorators, the most important areas to update are the kitchen, bath and flooring. Now may not be the ideal time to take on a huge DIY home overhaul so hiring a home improvement expert or handyman to address specific projects could save you a lot of headaches. Any upgrading that you decide to undertake should be completed prior to your house going on the market as most people can’t visualize living in a space that is under renovation.

Staging
Don’t think that the hard work is over just because the repairs are complete! Now is the time to prepare your house for showing. It is time to clean, declutter, organize and neutralize. A clean and organized house gives the impression that the home has been well cared for and will be easy to maintain. Neutral colors and uncluttered spaces make it easier for people to envision their own furniture in the house. Remember to address the outdoor areas too; curb appeal goes a long way. Clean up the yard and flowerbeds, sweep the driveway and dust away the cobwebs to make the entry as inviting as possible.

For more information of preparing your home for sale, talk to your realtor or local home improvement expert.

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