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Preparing your Property for Sale

Make your home stand out above the rest.

You need to package your real estate attractively to create a demand for it. Remember you don’t get a second chance for a first impression. When you let potential buyers in the door make sure that the exterior and interior are both in order!

Here are some fast, inexpensive changes that should make your home stand out among similarly priced homes in your neighborhood and will help you sell your home for the highest possible price!

Cosmetic Appeal is Essential

It begins with the exterior! Your yard, and the exterior of your house, is the first impression that potential buyers have of your home.

Yard
Keep your lawn neat and well trimmed, with well-proportioned shrubs. Consider replanting flowers or creating a flowerbed to enhance the appearance of your yard. If it is the fall, make sure the lawn is raked at all times. And in the wintertime, clear snow from your driveway and walkways.

The Front Door
Make sure your door is tightly on its hinges! Furthermore the door should be neat and clean. Paint it if it needs it. If the door is in poor shape, consider replacing it. Finally, a holiday ornament on the door, like a wreath, adds a nice touch. Consider adding an inviting “welcome mat”.

Home Exterior
Check for flat-fitting roof singles, straight lines on gutters, shutters, windows, and siding: solid caulking around roofs and seams. Apply fresh paint where it needs it. Also make sure the windows are crystal clear; potential buyers often peer through the windows.

Interior Fix-Ups for Maximum Potential

Appeal to the potential buyers’ senses by making sure the lights are on, the home has a vanilla aroma, and perhaps soft classical or jazz music playing on the stereo.

Lights
Keep your lawn neat and well trimmed, with well-proportioned shrubs. Consider replanting flowers or creating a flowerbed to enhance the appearance for your yard.

Smell
Use a vanilla air freshener that applies directly to your air filters. This gives your home that “new model home” aroma.

Remove Excess Furniture
Remove as much furniture as possible. This can make your rooms look dramatically larger

The Living Room
Strive for a lived-in, cozy feeling. Discard worn, chipped, frayyed furniture. Add lamps if it is dark. Open curtains. Set out fresh flowers.

The Kitchen
Many buyers judge the house keeping by the oven and stove. Appliances should be spotless and everything should work perfectly. Replace or repair anything that sticks, squeaks or drips. Clear clutter from countertops.

The Master Bedroom
This is the second most appealing room to a buyer (after the kitchen). Remove excess furniture to make it appear larger. Show the true size of the closets by removing or packing items that can be stored elsewhere.

Bathrooms
Make sure bathrooms are always neat and clean. Remove clutter from sink counter-tops. Make sure showers are free of scum and tile grout in good shape. Most buyers pay close attention to this!

In short, all of these tips benefit you to add up to one word: “Sold.” We’re not just here to see your Treasure Coast home sold, we’re here to make sure this process is done right and to meet your goals. We’re here for you not for us. Choose our family to go beyond your expectations — one who is an expert in your ideal neighborhood and fits your lifestyle from Stuart to Vero Beach.

And as always, an AmPro Realty Specialist will gladly provide assistance to any questions you may have…just click here.