How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Here in New York State and throughout the Northeast, spring and summer and the two busiest seasons for buying and selling homes. If you’ve decided to join the party by putting your home up for sale, and it’s something you haven’t done in a very long time, no doubt you have questions about how to make your home outshine others nearby; after all, nobody sells or buys a home in a vacuum.

Here are some budget-friendly tips for wowing homebuyers and gaining a distinct competitive advantage for the hearts and minds of would-be buyers.

Prepare Your Home for SaleCurb Appeal – You won’t get an offer if a potential buyer won’t even get out of his or her car. So take steps to deliver a great first impression.

  • Keep your lawn cut and free of any toys or debris.
  • Touch up cracked or peeling paint and replace damaged siding.
  • Add a warm pop of color by painting your entry door and shutters.
  • Invest in colorful plants and flowers.

Make it Shine – Deep clean the inside of your home to make it more inviting and to demonstrate that your home is well-loved and cared for.

  • Wash all the windows.
  • Dust baseboards and under furniture.
  • Wipe down kitchen and bathroom cabinets and wash away handprints from railings and walls.

De-clutter – Nothing says “lack of storage” like a home overflowing with toys, clothes, and knick-knacks.

  • Remove personal photos and family heirlooms so that buyers can see themselves in your home.
  • If you haven’t used something in a year, sell it, donate it, or simply get rid of it.
  • Clear kitchen and bathroom counters, as well as tops of dressers.
  • Pack up 50% of your closets to make buyers think you have more space than you know what to do with.

Make Minor Repairs – Don’t leave a long to-do list for buyers to grapple with, especially knowing that they’ll try to negotiate you down to compensate for having to make the repairs on the their own after the closing.

  • Patch holes in walls and touch up peeling paint.
  • Replace broken windows and repair damaged window screens.
  • Fix squeaky doors and tighten loose doorknobs.
  • Fix leaky faucets, shower heads, and toilets.

Next, never lose sight of the fact that the deal won’t go through until your home undergoes a thorough inspection, one that no doubt will include your heating and cooling systems.  If they’ve recently under-performed as evidenced by higher than normal utility costs or more frequent repair issues, you’ll want to have those issues corrected now, on your terms, before an inspector declares one or both of your systems unfit for sustained operation.

Or, perhaps your heating or AC system hasn’t been professionally cleaned and inspected within the past 12 months and is overdue for its annual preventative maintenance.  Whatever the need, contact Air Professionals today and we’ll do whatever it takes to have your heating and cooling systems performing at their best come inspection time.

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