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When a potential Buyer drives up to a listed property, the first few seconds can literally make or break a sale. It is very important that attention has been given to make the exterior of the property as appealing as possible.
Cultivate a lawn. Sod isn't necessary but work to eliminate weeds and dirt patches.
In cold weather, the walkways should be clear of snow and ice.
Trim landscaping so that doors and windows are fully viewable from the street.
Don't camouflage your property with too many plants and flowers.
Remove any tree limbs near or touching the roof.
Clear rain gutters and chimneys.
Remove mold on sidewalks, roof and patio.
Pressure wash siding, porches, sidewalks and decks.
Put away garden equipment and tools.
Upon entering the home, the potential Buyer should be met with a clean, uncluttered and inviting atmosphere. It is very important to understand there is only one opportunity to make a favorable first impression.
The front door should be in good repair and the entry area should be warm and inviting, right down to the welcome mat.
Clean windows and open curtains and shades to maximize natural light entering the house.
Clutter will make a room seem smaller. Remove extra furnishings to give the house a clean, simple appearance. Buyers want to imagine their belongings in the spaces.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the most important rooms and should be absolutely spotless.
Pay attention to clutter in closets, storage spaces, attics and basements. Lights should be on in these dark areas.
Make necessary repairs that can be eyesores. Small things, left undone, can suggest neglect and minimize value.
Don't underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint!