Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.
1. Have a home inspection
Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to
$400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make
potential buyers balk. Make repairs before putting your home on the
market. In some states, you may have to disclose what the inspection
2. Get replacement estimates
If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t fund,
get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if
they can afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties,
guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer,
dishwasher, and any other items you expect to remain with the house.
3. Make minor repairs
Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems—sticky
doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets—as you can.
These may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your
house isn’t well maintained.
4. Clear the clutter
Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your
closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and
old toys. Install closet organizers to maximize space. Put at least
one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as
entertainment centers and big televisions. Pack up family photos,
knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home. Store the
items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage
5. Do a thorough cleaning
A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been
well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning
If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean
carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells.
Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your
stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.
Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch
plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to
clean your garage, too.
G.M. Filisko is an attorney and award-winning writer who has found
happiness in a Chicago brownstone with the best curb appeal on the
block. A frequent contributor to many national publications including
Bankrate.com, REALTOR® Magazine, and the American Bar Association
Journal, she specializes in real estate, business, personal finance, and
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