Florida Homes Realty - R.J. Skinner Parkway #102, Jacksonville Florida 32256

Preparing Your House For Sale

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

When a potential buyer looks at your house, there are many small details that will make strong first impressions. Make sure they are strong GOOD first impressions! From experience, I know that a  polished house is more likely to attract buyers and sell faster at a higher price. Buyers also may assume that a home that appears well maintained on the surface has also been well maintained in the important areas that they cannot see. 

How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your House for Sale?
The bottom line is spend as little money as possible. Be sure to focus on both the interior and exterior of the house.  Buyers will be impressed by a brand bathroom, but you likely will not recoup your renovating costs in the final purchase price. Major renovations takes a lot of time and effort. Your time and money is better spent on inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house. Create a specific plan for your house. Do a bit of cleaning up and painting. It could make the difference between a home that is appealing and one that has to be "sold." It's easier to show how beautiful your home IS, than to tell a buyer how nice it COULD look when this or that minor repair has been made. I can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Don't hesitate to ask for advice. Here are some general tips for improving the saleability of your home.
  • Safety First! Remove items that could trip or cause a visitor to stumble or otherwise injure himself. Tack down edges of carpeting or other floor covering, tighten loose handrails, stair treads, etc. 
  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. Your house will appear bigger and brighter. If your home has crowded rooms consider renting a storage garage to create a more spacious look.
  • Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market. 
  • Make buyers feel at home. Avoid anything that will make potential buyers feel that they are "intruding" or disturbing your family. 
  • Pets should be confined or, better yet, off the premises during the showing. 
  • Remove the less frequently used or even untidy daily-used items from all areas of the house. Focus especially on kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.
  • Make sure that “household collection areas”  such as table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
  • Focus extra attention on the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be squeaky clean and odor free.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads. Replace and any that have corroded or rusted.
  • Repair or replace bathroom caulking
  • Buy attractive, luxurious new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.
  • Spruce up a kitchen in need of remodeling by installing new curtains and cabinet knobs, having the grout/tiles cleaned or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
  • Clean walls and doors of smudges, fingerprints and scuff marks.                                                                    
  • Lighting Is important. A bright, cheerful atmosphere will make your home look more appealing. Turn on the lights in all rooms for a nighttime showing. 
  • Open the drapes, pull up the shades during the day. Make each room look as bright and cheery as you can.  
  • Repaint shabby, soiled or strongly-colored walls with neutral paint, such as off-white or beige. 
  • Replace extremely worn or cracked flooring. The same neutral scheme you have used for the walls can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and fix any problem areas.
  • Seal basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage. Basements will look bigger, brighter, if the walls are freshly painted.  
Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal
The first thing that a potential buyer sees is your home's exterior. If the exterior of your home looks appealing and clean It will appeal to a potential buyer. We call this curb appeal. If the curb appeal is good, a potential customer is more likely to want to see what is inside and will enter your home with positive impressions already established. Plan your approach to the exterior of your house the same way you would the interior. Focus on inexpensive polishes and touches. Here are some general tips to improve your home’s curb appeal to potential buyers:
  •  Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered.
  •  Keep the hedges trimmed and weed the lawns and flowerbeds. 
  •  Paint or re-stain the front door. 
  •  Be sure your front door area is welcoming.
  •  Keep a couple of pots of bright lush seasonal plants in pots near the entrance of your home.
  •  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. Fix the lawn area under these gutters and any drainage issues in your lawn.
  •  Inspect and clean the chimney.
  •  Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  •  Repair and repaint peeling or loose loose siding and caulking.
  •  Reseal or repair old asphalt.
  •  Clean and organize your garage so it doesn’t appear as if your house has a lack of storage. 
  •  Keep the garage door closed.
  •  Store RVs, jet skis, boats and extra cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.  

If you have any questions that is what I am here for! Contact me today at (904) 536-2637.