When you sell with Beyond Properties, you can expect the highest possible standards. Following is a checklist of items to consider when you decide to put your home on the market.
Make Maintenance Improvements
There are a number of easy and inexpensive improvements that can substantially improve a home’s appearance.
Trim trees and shrubs
Apply new caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors
Clean and repair gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
Replace bathroom caulk or grouting where necessary
Install a dehumidifier or ventilate closed basements and crawl spaces
Make Cosmetic Improvements
An attractive, clean and neat appearance will enhance your home’s appeal.
Keep the lawn mowed and the house tidy
Clean exterior walls, stairs and trim; repaint if necessary
Open window shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere
Keep the kitchen and bathrooms clean, since buyers scrutinize these areas most
Pay Attention to Details
Fixing even minor items can go a long way toward improving the first impression of potential buyers.
Repair leaky faucets
Tighten loose doorknobs
Replace damaged screens
Replace broken windows
Replace burned-out light bulbs
Secure loose railings
Repair and coat driveway
Repair peeling wallpaper
Clean and paint walls as necessary
Take Safety Precautions
Pay attention to items relating to protecting the home and its occupants from danger.
Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each level
Have an electrician install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets in “wet” areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens
Store flammable products away from the furnace, water heater and fireplaces
Prepare for the Buyer’s Inspection
It’s a good idea to assemble in advance various house records that can be used to answer questions from buyers and home inspectors.
Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
Information on the age of major components (furnace, air conditioner, water heater, roof)
Major component warranties (e.g. roof, furnace etc.)
Gas and electric bills from the previous 12 months
Remove excess clutter from basement, attic and garage areas to give buyers and home inspectors access to the heating system, electrical equipment and structure