Maintaining Your Sale Ready Property
By Rich Cosgrove, President Stark County Association of REALTORS®
You are finally ready to sell your property and you have enlisted your favorite Realtor® for help and think it is time to put it on the market. Something does not seem right, almost as if you are missing a key component that will help your property sell better. It dawns on you that you have not maintained your property, and that does not sit well with prospects. To put you at ease, here are a few tips to help keep your property sale-ready.
Nothing says welcome like a neat and tidy exterior. Making sure the grass is cut neatly, the sidewalks and path to the entrance are clear, and the paint is chip-free are a few important details that might seem arbitrary but actually have an impact on how fast your property sells. Many people may pass up a listing if they feel the outside in neglected because it insinuates the same treatment is reciprocated on the inside. Remove any weeds or dead shrubbery, clean up any fallen leaves and sticks, and spruce up any defects on the property’s exterior. A visually pleasing property will catch the eyes of prospects and start you off on a good note.
Heating and cooling systems are a necessity when you live in Northeast Ohio since we can get sporadic weather from time to time. An updated heating and cooling system can assist in keeping potential buyers interested. Depending on the weather, nothing beats walking into a property that has a controlled and proper temperature. If there is a chimney, you might want to have it inspected and cleaned. This helps locate any possible damage or potential hazards that could potentially exist. When a chimney hasn’t been used in a long period of time, it is not uncommon for home inspectors to find animals or debris inside.
Properties that have bedrooms with furniture should be staged in a manner that is tidy and put together. You can rearrange them to make smaller rooms appear larger while also maintaining that tidied look. If you have any lightbulbs that are burnt out, make sure you replace those ahead of time. This is key to ensure prospects have good lighting and can see the value of the room. The windows can also be cleaned on the inside and outside. This can help the natural light filter into the room which can also aid in altering its most attractive features.
If the property has carpet, you may want to get those cleaned or updated. Pet odors and stained carpet could make a prospect turn away from your property. Carpeting traps dirt and can have a strong hold on allergens from particles that float in the air, so it is always a great idea to deep clean before your property goes up for sale. Again, this seems like a small inconvenience but know that it could be a factor that makes or breaks a potential sale.
Wipe heavily touched surfaces like door handles and light switches with disinfectant spray. Since we are still in the wake of a pandemic, keeping things sterile will not only make prospects feel safe, it also works to protect you and other guests. Have a box of masks and gloves close to the entrance during open-house events and prospect viewings. If you are worried about how to maintain a clean property, ask your Realtor® for advice. They can provide you with tips on what you can do to keep yourself and your property protected before and during the time it is listed.
Before your property goes onto the market, you should always do maintenance checks. Not only will you impress prospects, you will also assist in providing them a safe and clean environment.
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