It’s OFFICIALLY SUMMER!!! Sellers, Realtors, Agents and Investors, as you sell your client’s homes or your investment properties during these next few hot months here are a few tips to get your home ready for the market.
- Is the HVAC in working order–potential buyer’s do not want to be hot while touring the property.
- Test the smoke detectors, replace the batteries so your potential buyers are scared away by the wonderfully loud screeching.
- Hire an excellent cleaning crew…and don’t forget the baseboards.
- Have the chimney and fireplace cleaned by a professional–it’s wise to avoid possible fire hazards.
- Clean out all the bathroom drains and update the shower heads.
- Check the attic and basement for any problems that could impact the sale.
- Don’t forget to clean vents and change air filters so there are no lingering stale odors.
- Power wash the house and sidewalks…and don’t forget the deck in the backyard.
- Is the deck in good repair, clean, sealed, and protected?
- Clean or if necessary replace windows and screens.
- Verify your home is critter proof – your clients are not going to want surprise guests during their tour.
- Give the home some “curb appeal” – mow, edge, a few flowers, and be sure they can see the house number. Keep in mind the outside or “curb appeal” is equally important as the inside of every property.
- Clean the gutters–this also helps to avoid back up and flooding if it rains for several days
- How are the roof and fence? Are they in good condition?
- Is there a pool? Is it clean?
This list is very different from many you may have seen, but it is our experience these items are often overlooked. Have you ever toured a home while the smoke alarm kept loudly beeping? It is very distracting and makes it difficult to “see” the good points of the home. What about walking through a closed up home with no working A/C in the heat of a Texas summer? You don’t want to be there and your potential buyers don’t either. We realize these are not necessarily the “pretty” parts of selling a home but they are crucial. Avoiding the little things that stimmy a sale just takes a little vision and planning. Happy Planning!
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