The next step in preparing your home to sell is to do a thourough visual inspection of your home. Small imperfections can lead a potential buyer to question what other issues the home may have. You must disclose any known issues with the home to your buyer so it is often best to go ahead and address the issues before they can discourage an otherwise interested buyer. In addition, most home buyers use the services of a certified home inspector to search for issues that may not be obvious. You may want to hire an inspector prior to listing the home so there are no surprises that could potentially derail your sale. You can then provide a copy of the inspection report to any interested buyers as an additional piece of information to help them make a purchase decision.
Inspect your ceilings and walls for paint stains, scuffs, crayon marks from kids, spider webs in the corner and make sure these issues are addressed before showing your home. If you see water stains, including paint or wall paper that appears to be bubbling or peeling off the wall, you will want to take a closer look to determine if you have a water leak that needs to be corrected.
Regardless of whether you have an old color scheme or just plain white walls, painting is one of the least expensive (if you do it yourself) and most effective things you can do to increase the WOW factor of your home. You should always select colors that would appeal to the widest range of buyers, not just what you think looks good. As mentioned before, visit a model home from a builder to find inspiration.
Carpeting is often an item that new buyers replace when they buy an existing home. Since you are not buying the carpet for your enjoyment, there is really no need to invest in replacing your carpet unless it appears too old, dated or worn out. However, it is worth it to hire a carpet cleaning service to give your carpet a touch up. If you do end up replacing it, choose a neutral style that will appeal to the widest variety of buyers. Repair or replace any hardwood flooring or tile where possible. If you find this not possible, consider the option of offering an allowance toward replacement of damaged/worn flooring as an incentive for the buyer.
Wash any windows that are too dusty or have fingerprints are marks on them. Replace any windows that are cracked or broken. Next it is time to whip out the WD40. Spray down any windows that do not open and close smoothly. Replace any latches that have broken off or no longer function correctly.
Keep that WD40 handy and spray any doors that squeek when opening. Wipe down any scuff marks on doors. Make sure sliding glass doors and sliding closet doors move easily in their track.
As mentioned on the previous page, make sure your rooms are not packed with furniture. Store any excess furniture. That which remains should be clean and undamaged. Consider having the carpet cleaning company clean any furniture pieces while they are there cleaning your floors.
Home fixtures such as sink knobs and faucets, door and cabinet knobs and light switches should be cleaned so they appear as new. Replace any items that appear too worn or dated.
It may not be noticable to you as you are used to it, but pet smells and smoking inside create odors that are immediately noticable to potential buyers when they walk in the door. Consider buying plug in odor eliminator products commonly found at your local grocery store and place them in various rooms throughout your home. If you smoke, try and smoke outside. If you have an indoor cat, make sure you empty the litterbox before showing the home.
Remember, that you are not going to get to enjoy the benefits of your repairs, so take a loan out. That could negatively impact your credit score before you buy your next house. If there are major issues with your home that need to be corrected, this is something that can be negotiated with the buyer. You don't need to renovate your house, you just need to get it to a condition that does not leave a negative image with the buyer.
To show your home in the best possible light to potential buyers here is a list of recommendations: