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-Preparing the Interior
-Preparing the Exterior
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PREPARING THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOME
When preparing your home for its sale, remember that you are
going to likely need some money for repairs and improvements for
your new home. You don't want to invest a tremendous amount
of money when fixing up your current home. Also, you definitely
don't want to start charging up credit cards, taking out loans or
doing anything that can adversely effect your credit score and
jeopardize your chances of getting approved for a mortgage.
has outlined some inexpensive ideas for making minor repairs to your
Plumbing and Fixtures
As a result of not really knowing what to check for in home,
potential buyers will likely play with the light switches, flush the
toilets, open up drawers and closets. Therefore, having new, shiny
fixtures will help make impression.
Clean up your sink and replace the fixtures so that they look shiny
and new. If cleaning them does not work, buy new ones. You can
definitely find something that is inexpensive and nice. Also, if
your faucets leak, make sure you replace the washers.
If there are any water stains, do your best to get rid of them. There
are some pretty powerful cleaning solutions, some of which are
specifically designed for eliminating water marks.
Ceilings, Walls and Painting
No matter what the cause is, check your ceilings for water
stains. Once located, find the cause of the leak and fix it. If a
buyer discovers a leak after moving in, there is a good chance they
will be contacting their lawyer.
If there is a water stain left after you have made the necessary
repairs, do the cosmetic needed to eliminate them, i.e. painting.
Painting may be needed regardless because of either dirt build-up or
an outdated color scheme.
Painting your home is easy to do, fairly inexpensive with dramatic
effects; making it one of the best investments when selling your
home. Choose colors that are neutral. You don't want to choose
colors that are dramatic, that some people may not like. A safe-bet
would be to paint in white, or off white.
Flooring and Carpet
Having your carpet cleaned by a professional is probably your
best bet, unless your carpet looks old and/or smells. If you do
choose to replace it, go with something inexpensive and a neutral
Fix any tiles that are broken. But don't spend a lot of money. The
objective is eliminate as many of the negative impressions that are
currently taking away from your home's potential.
Doors and Windows
Check every window in your house to see if you can open and
close with ease. Try spraying WD40 on any of the windows that stick.
Replace any broken or cracked windows before you start showing your
Do the same with doors. Be certain that they open and close without
making any noise. Try spraying WD40 on any hard-to-close and/or
squeaky doors. Also, make sure the door knobs are easy to turn. You
may want to polish them to make them look nice as well.
If you are a smoker, you should begin smoking outside so that
your home does not smell of cigarettes. It may not bother you, but
potential will be turned off by the musty stench.
If you have pets, make sure that you spray your home daily with
fresheners. You may not notice a smell, but visitors will definitely
smell your pets. Also, cat owners should be cleaning the litter box