By Tom Beaty
The perimeter of the “For Sale By Owner” home is the first thing a potential buyer will see, but the content of the home will be the lasting impression. This means that it is essential that you go through your home in order to dispose of the clutter before you advertise your for sale by owner home. Garbage and dark colors are one of the biggest reasons people lose sales. Therefore, you should sift through the clutter and dispose of anything you aren’t using. You always can choose to have a garage sale or donate some of your items to charity. If you think you still have too much clutter, your only option is storage space. If you can’t see the carpets in a room, you probably still have too much clutter.
Your rooms will appear larger if you have lightly colored walls and maintain good lighting. If you do have any darkly painted walls, contemplate painting them with a white or off-white paint and increase the light emitted from the light bulbs in your home.
If you find odorous or overly stained carpets, it would be in your best interest to replace them. You can always choose to shampoo a carpet that doesn’t require replacement. It is very essential that you clean and polish each and every window and mirror.
Pay close attention to detail while washing your oven and stove. Be sure to clean the drip pans under the burners. All grease and dirt build-up must be removed. The outside of the stove and oven must be polished until they appear remarkably shiny. Other areas that need close attention are the refrigerator, dishwasher, or any other appliances.
The window fixtures and blinds must be cleaned and repaired. Clean away the fingerprints that build up around the doorknobs and light switches. It’s essential that you clean the wall around your trash cans, especially in the kitchen.
Scrub your kitchen countertops and get rid of any clutter on them. One must reduce the number of items in their kitchen cabinets as well as every cabinet in the house. The less clutter in these areas, the more appealing your house will be.
You must have your clothes appear very neat and organized in your closets. It is essential that your closets do not appear over crowded. Everything must appear spacious and clear. It is in your best interest to remove any excess items from the shelves and on the floor. Other problem areas that you should be aware of are the garage, basement, and attic space.
Check every room for odors. If you have become accustom to some smells, you can always get a neighbor to help you. Your for sale by owner home must look, smell, and feel as fresh, clean, and as new as possible.
In the event that the for sale by owner home has any leaks, rattles, or squeaks, this alarms the buyer that a lot of repairs will be needed. It is essential to remove them. One simple approach is tightening your stairs, steps, and banister. It is of the utmost importance that you repair and remove any water leaks or any signs of water damage. A few ways to correct these problems are painting over the water stains or replacing any damaged wallpaper. If it seems like a necessary step, replace all the caulking in your home. Check every door and window to see how smoothly the hinges operate. Check every light switch, doorknob, and cabinet hinge to find and repair the loose nuts, screws, or bolts. If you happen to find any loose molding, tack it down. Following these simple steps and tackling one problem at a time will significantly increase your chances of selling your house at the price you choose.
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