Bringing a house to market requires a lot of preparation and probably more than one trip to the tool centre! One of the first things that must be done is to give up any kind of attachment to the house. This means removing everything off the walls and even the drawings on the refrigerator. Anything that will not be sold with the house such as chandeliers and garden ornaments need to be removed ahead of time.
The house needs to be clean and clean smelling with no hint of a musty smell or any signs of mould. There should be no cobwebs or dust anywhere. Furniture should be free of clutter, pulled out, and cleaned behind each piece. Couch and chair cushions should be removed and vacuumed underneath them. The kitchen should be well organized with everything polished. Make sure the oven has been cleaned also. In the bathroom, the toilet, tub, and the sink need to be spotless.
The toilet should flush with no problems as well as no drips from any faucets throughout the house. All drains should drain well with no sluggishness. There should not be any signs of water leakage, from under the house to the roof. Ceilings should not have any water spots on them and if they do they need to be replaced. The crawl space under the house should be dry and free of mould.
The first thing a perspective buyer sees is the front of the house and front door. The exterior of the house should be power washed or repainted while the front door needs to be in good shape. It needs to open and close easily without dragging anywhere. This also applies to the storm door and all other doors in the house. All the lights should work, both inside and outside the house.
The shingles should be in good shape. They should not be dried, brittle, flaking, or even curling at the edges. This will turn a potential buyer away due to the fact of high roof replacement cost. Furnace and air conditioning units should be up to date and in good shape. There should be ample plug-ins without extension cords being used anywhere. The electrical box should be big enough to cover all the loads that will be put on it.
Keeping the lawn looking good with a fresh mowing and bushes being trimmed is essential. Flowers should be planted and if it is the wrong time of the year get artificial ones or potted plants you can put out and bring in once the viewing is done. Potential buyers love the look of flowers around a house. If there is a deck or shed on the property, make sure they are in good shape and paint them if necessary.
Gutters should be cleaned and downspouts free of obstructions. Missing brackets and straps need to be replaced. The yard should also be free of clutter. Toys and bicycles should be put up out of sight. This is a lot of preparation but will not only help sell the house faster, but will be able to get more money for a house in great condition.
Author Bio: David Morrison is an avid ‘DIYer’ and renovator of house and home. He has been working in the home renovation industry for most of his adult life and currently works for UK Tool Centre.