Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Get Your Home Ready To Sell with Logan Bravard, best real estate agent in Columbus, Ohio. 

A common mistake people make is to spend a lot of money – renovations, new roof, remodeling. While buyers will be impressed with these things, spending $5000 on remodeling will not add $5000 to your sale. Spend as little money as possible, and spend it on cosmetic, readily seen features like interior painting. The time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.  I have learned that elbow grease, and a willingness to do landscaping will improve your chances of bringing the highest and best offers for your real estate in Columbus, Ohio. 

If you think about everything that needs to be done to sell your house, you might throw your hands up in despair, or at least feel some anxiety. Take one step at a time, one small task at a time. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results.  And, ask for help with the chores and "to-do" list. If you don't ask you probably won't get volunteers to help snazz up your home. Make sense?

First things first – visit to contact me and then...have a garage sale, call Goodwill, or give away the things you don't use or need in your home. Whatever doesn’t sell needs to be set out for a Disabled American Veterans or Association of Retarded Citizens pickup or bulk pick up as trash..... Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.

This is your first impression, so it had better be a good one.

l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn regularly. Make sure it’s well watered and reseed any sparse areas. PULL OUT THE WEEDS!!!

l Put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox, the wood on your front porch needs repainted right?  Couldn't you use your screwdriver and remove the numbers used for your address and give them a touch up?  A trick I have used in the past:  buy some metallic spray paint, get some cardboard and spray paint your rusted chain link fence. Use the cardboard to catch the excess spray paint.  You wouldn't believe how much better the it looks. Take a before and after picture. Just make sure you buy plenty of paint, you can take back what you don't use. 

l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly. Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house.

l Buy a new welcome mat.

l Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling, and reseal if possible.  Call a pro if you don't feel like watching a Youtube video on how to do it.

l If you have siding or brick, power-wash it. If you have a painted exterior, consider repainting in a neutral shade. This is especially important if there is any peeling.  The power washer is a home owners best friend, especially the homes that get lots of seasonal algae on the north side of the home.  Use your power and watch your home turn into a brand new looking home. 

l Make sure the porch light works.  Remove the glass that covers it and clean it, remove bugs that have made it a home and replace like it is brand new. 

l Clean and align gutters and downspouts.  The power washer strikes again!!!

l Inspect and clean the chimney.  Call a pro if needed. don't try brick masonry on a whim. 

l If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Its easy. 

l Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.  Do you know how? NO? then call a pro.

l Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.

l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.  Who do you think we should call to help? Mr. Power washer!!

l If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.

l Repair broken outdoor steps.

l Spring for some brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements for the front yard near the entrance. It's all about curb appeal to make that first attraction between the home and potential buyer. 

l Keep your garage door closed.

l Wash the windows inside and out.

l Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) elsewhere while the house is on the market.

l Paint the front door.  Earlier I mentioned that you probably won't get a return on your money for most improvements, but the Front Door and Garage Door are the two main items that come close to equal value on what you spend. 

If prospective buyers walk into your house greeted by the smell of cat litter, cigarette smoke, mildew or pet accidents, there is little chance that even a reduced sales price will persuade them to buy.  Sorry smokers, but it's true. Can you smoke outside for a while just for the time it takes to sell your house?


So the first thing to do:

l Clean, clean, clean. This includes walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.

l Get rid of clutter. Put away appliances you normally leave on countertops. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic.

l Paint the walls and ceilings a neutral color – off white or beige.

l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

l Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.

l Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.

l Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen, if needed.

l Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.  Hire a pro. 

l Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.

l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it if you have them or clean out the fireplace really really well and put decorative vases and ornaments that relate to the seasons. 

l Mend or replace torn screens. Clean out all window tracks. They get very dirty. 

l Check to see that all windows will open and close. That includes the pull blind's 

l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs. So easy and it makes a huge impact. 

l Make sure every light switch works, and clean them. They become very dirty, all those dirty hands touching them over the years without a cleaning. 

l Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads (drive two long finishing nails at opposing angles through the floor and sub-floor into the joist).

l Lubricate any squeaking doors. WD-40 is the best!

l Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.   PLEASE. 

l Thoroughly clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven/microwave)

l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.  Clean the shower head or replace.  It's amazing how important that shower head is to a buyer.  It's a great investment that could easily sway a buyer to say "let's make an offer"

l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs. As mentioned above, they get very neglected even when spring cleaning comes around. 

On Showing Days

l Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.

l Place fresh flowers throughout the house.

l Have your home well-lit during showing.  All lights on. Every One. 

l At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting in back if you have it.  Mcdonald's, Kroger, Walmart, they all leave their lights on. You are advertising your business investment so follow the leaders. 

l Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom-- Makes your home "feel" like a home the buyers would want live in.

l Avoid (prevent) having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters. No, Never, it's not cool. 

l Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage. Or very organized and put away. 

l Play pleasant music at low volume. You don't have to but its actually a little corny and could work for the right buyers!  It also may put the buyers in a stressless mood and could create an environment of relaxation not pressure. 

l Spend the day of an open house away from home. 2 or sometimes 4 hours, open houses are awesome and allow your realtor® to work his/her magic

l Leave pets outdoors or in cages. Even better take them to a dog park. 

l Unless you’re selling it yourself, let the agent show your house, and don’t tag along.Logan, Bravard, REALTOR