If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, there are a few real estate tips that will help you get your home sold. Do them BEFORE you put that sign out front! But if you’ve had it listed for awhile and want to sell it faster, it’s not too late.
CLEAN! Your property should be clean. It’s not enough to say to yourself “I’ll give it a good once over after it sells while we are moving.” Because really, “I want to buy a home that needs a bunch of elbow grease to be livable” said no one ever! Since you will be moving anyway, use the pre-listing time to start packing up all the clutter and clean. Use a bucket of warm soapy water and wipe down everything. Don’t just dust and declutter shelves, clean them. If they are wood, then use a good furniture polish. Whatever it takes, don’t leave a speck of dirt.
As you are cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and windowsills, look at the condition of the caulk and don’t just clean it up, fix it up. A tube of caulk is a few dollars and if you don’t know how to use it, ask at the hardware store, Home Depot or Lowe’s. Re-caulking windows will make your home warmer and keep prospective buyers from feeling drafts. Re-caulking the kitchen and bathroom will freshen up all those corners that get gross and mildewy. Don’t skimp here; make it look new and fresh.
Pull out your steam cleaner and put it to good use. If you don’t have one, rent one. Dirty looking carpets are a big no-no in selling your home. All buyers’ see is “great, now I’ll have to spend a few thousand dollars to replace carpeting!” Steam clean all your carpets.
If you have one that also steam cleans hardwoods and linoleum floors, give them the best once or twice over you can. They should sparkle. In the kitchen pull out the fridge, dishwasher and stove and clean the floors under them as well. While they are out wipe down not only the tops and fronts, but the sides as well. Pull up the top of the stove and clean under it. Take the shelves out of the fridge and make them sparkle.
Then KEEP IT THAT WAY while the home is on the market.