Seller's Guide - Page 5

Organization and maintenance, the obvious stuff To maximize the sale price of your home, you need to do the following tasks, both inside and outside. Consider these “must-do’s.” While buyers may not realize you put the time in, they’ll be sure to notice if you didn’t. Any impression of neglect will make it more difficult for them to picture themselves living in your home, and that could prove to be a lost opportunity for you. Here are a few reorganization and maintenance tasks that can improve the curb appeal and interior attractiveness of your home. The Exterior • Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges and shrubs, weed and edge gardens The Interior • Clean and tidy the entrance, keep stairs and halls clear • Clean sidewalks and driveway, remove any litter • Create space by storing all excess furniture • Power wash the porch, siding, deck and patio • Remove from closets, cabinets and shelves- any clothes or items you won’t need until after moving; pre-pack and store if possible • Clear out the garage of everything but cars. If your garage has become a two-car attic, throw out all unnecessary items. • Clean your air conditioner • If you have a pool, make sure it’s clean and functioning properly in season and closed properly in the off-season • Organize kitchen counter tops-remove some small appliances to make the countertops look spacious • Thoroughly clean everything in and out of sight • Apply air freshener and or dishes of potpourri to add a pleasant scent A few words about clutter For most buyers, cluttered homes tend to appear smaller, darker, and somehow in need of more maintenance. Conversely, clutter-free homes generally seem brighter, open and spacious, cleaner, and require less work. Clutter-free homes have an advantage: they allow the potential buyer to visualize living in your home. While you may have many beautiful and meaningful belongings, they might make it more difficult for you to sell and cost you thousands of dollars off the selling price. If in doubt, consult a Houlihan & O’Malley agent for impartial feedback. • Throw out any unnecessary items in an unfinished basement, and then thoroughly organize and clean everything that remains SELLER’S GUIDE 914.337.7888 5