A well stage house sells faster and for more money. However there may be some home owners who can not afford a stager.
These items that may not cost much will help make a good first impression.
1. Mow the lawn , trim bushes and allow plenty of light in through the windows. Mulch the flower beds.Remove weeds.The front yard is first thing they see when they park the car. Sometimes they ask for the address and want to drive by and see the outside before making an appointment .
2.Wash windows and sliding door.
3.Paint the front door.
4.Buy a new door mat.
5.If the house number looks worn out, get new numbers
6.Put a nice wreath on the door.
7.If the door bell is not working fix it.
8.If there are any leaky faucets, fix them.Sorry, if there are many leaky faucets, and you need a plumber it will cost more, but to create a good impression you need to address this.But you will save on water bills if you fix them.
9.Buy light bulbs and replace burnt out ones wherever needed.The house should be brightly lit for showings.
10.Buy new shower curtains to replace the moldy ones. Buy matching towels.
11.Paint your mail box or replace it if rusted.
12.Hide your trash can.
13.Make it a habit to keep the kitchen sink empty. Either put them in dishwasher right away or wash them immediately. A sink full of dishes turns off people.
14 Decorate the front entrance with 2 nice big pots of seasonal flowers .
15.Shampoo your carpet.
16.In winter make sure the heat is comfortable and that the house is not too cold.In summer turn on the airconditioner and keep it cool.Or if you have fans keep them on in all the rooms.
17.Do not let your pets greet people at the door. Some people will not enter a house with pets.They are terrified of animals.If possible take the dog for a walk when expecting a showing. Or make arrangements for agent to come first and take the pet inside.
18.Hide your laundry in the washing machine.
19.Get a professional cleaning person clean the house and then just maintain it that way.
20.Buy new comforters for the bed if yours are old. You can take them to your next house.
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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com
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Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others in my post and comments is not to be construed to be legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.