Posted by: dagmarsands | December 31, 2010

Before Listing Your Home – Top 10 List

Top 10 List: Things to Do Before Listing Your Property for Sale

10. Before you put your house on the market, even if you think it
is in pristine condition, contact a real-estate agent to walk through it.
The agent may have suggestions for repairs, staging tips and small
improvements that could help you sell your house.

9. Maintain exterior of your home . First impression really counts!
Cut your lawn, refresh your garden and shrubs. Keep the lawn
watered and plant some seasonal flowers. Put a new  WELCOME
mat in front of your front door and make sure the door is freshly

8. If you have a beautiful perennial garden or an herb garden
that keeps coming back each spring, shoot up a roll of film and
put the pictures in an album for prospective buyers to look at. In
the winter, people may have a hard time visualizing what the yard
and garden will look like during the growing season. Pictures SAY
a THOUSAND words!

7. Touch up the exterior paint if it’s starting to flake or peel.  Clean
     your gutters.

6. Have the chimney checked and cleaned.  Service your furnace
    and change your filters.

5. Evaluate what your house looks like as you step in through the door. Does it look
     crowded or cluttered? Does it look like nobody lives there? Can people see past the
     “YOU” in the room and see the room itself?  Clean out closets, take things off kitchen
       countertops you’re not using, have dining room and breakfast area tidy and clean. 

4. Clean every room in the house thoroughly and get rid of the clutter and excess
      furniture. Have the carpets and draperies professionally cleaned. Put things in
      a storage locker if you have a lot of stuff. You’ll make the rooms look bigger and
      brighter. It will look inviting!

3. Make small fixes: touch up interior paint, or install new panels on the electrical
      switches. Fix drippy faucets, and update the knobs and handles on the kitchen
      cabinets. If a room really needs it, give it a new coat of paint in a neutral color.
      Have broken or cracked windows repaired or replaced. Wash the windows inside
      and out. Look at it as if you’re buying it!

2. Clean the mildew out of your shower and touch up the grout. Clean of  countertops
      in your bathroom and make sure it smells fresh.

1. Line up a professional cleaning service to come in while your house is  on
    the market so you are always ready for short-notice calls seeking to set
    up viewings.

For more information e-mail us at
Dagmar Sands – Real Estate International, Inc.

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