Mary Crane, Realtor | Needham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Weston, Wellesley

Preparing Your Home To Sell 

A house that "sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well maintained. 

From experience, REALTORS® also know that a "well-polished" house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can't see has probably also been well maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider: 

How much should you spend to prepare your house for sale?

Exterior and curb appeal

Interior appeal

Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. 

How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your House for Sale?

In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. 

Your REALTOR® is familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Don't hesitate to ask for advice. 

Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal

When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the outside, or "curb appeal" looks good, people will more than likely want to see what's on the inside. 

Here are some tips to enhance your homes exterior and curb appeal to buyers: 

Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered.

Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.

Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling.

Paint the front door.In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.In snowy areas, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.

Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.

Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.

Clean and align gutters.Inspect and clean the chimney.Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.

Reseal old asphalt.

Keep the garage

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