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Tips for Selling Your Home in Central Indiana

Tips for Selling Your Home in Central Indiana: Lawn, Front Door, Interior, Windows, Kitchen, Bathroom, Garage, Clean, Trim, Fix, Wash, Mow, Paint, Repair, Remove, Open, Polish, Replace, Tidy Up, Organize


VIP Realty offers a compendium of tips and tricks to prepare your home for sale, and a few ideas for when you show it.

Tip #1: Start with your lawn

  • Is the lawn trimmed and edged?
  • Are the flower beds clear of leaves, weeds and grass?
  • Do the flower beds have adequate flowers, bark or mulching?
  • Are all outdoor fixtures in good condition:
    • Gas grill
    • Outdoor lights
    • Mailbox
    • Fencing
    • Basketball hoops, etc.?
  • Are there any bare spots in the lawn, big holes, ruts, or weeds that can be repaired?
  • Does the lawn have a manicured look?
  • If it is winter, be sure and remove the snow and ice from the sidewalks and steps.

Tip #2: Next look at your front door area

  • Is the front door clean?
  • Does the doorbell work?
  • Is the storm door in good condition?
  • Is the front step or porch in good condition?

Tip #3: How does the interior look?

  • Are the walls clean or do they look like they need a fresh coat of paint?
  • Consider removing any wallpaper that is not neutral and limits decorating potential.
  • Are there any nail holes in the walls?
  • Should the ceiling be textured to cover any flaws?
  • Are the switch plates clean?

Tip #4: Are the windows clean?

  • Open your drapes and blinds before showings for lots of natural light.
  • Make sure your window coverings are clean.

Tip #5: Your kitchen must be clean to get top dollar

  • Make sure the interior of the oven, the stove top and the dishwasher are stain free.
  • Clear the cabinets of extra items and make sure the interiors and exteriors are clean.
  • Countertops should be clean and free of clutter - baking soda is good for removing stains from the countertops.

Tip #6: The bathrooms are very important

  • The shower doors, ceramic tile and grouting should be clean and free of soap film.
  • The fixtures should be polished and free of water marks.
  • The toilet seat should be in good condition. If not, replace it.
  • Make sure the exhaust fan is working property.

Tip #7: Make all of your rooms appear large

  • Remove excess furniture from a room that appears cramped.
  • Pick up newspapers, toys, and other articles prior to showings.
  • Make sure the stairway is clear.

Tip #8: Your closets should look roomy

  • The closets should be neat and organized.
  • Wall surfaces should be clean. Do they need paint?
  • The shelving and hardware should be in good repair.
  • Closet doors should operate smoothly and quietly.

Tip #9: All around the house

  • Check the basement, garage and other areas for excess items.
  • Eliminate damp smell in the basement or crawl space. A bag of limestone should help.
  • Brighten dark walls with a coat of paint.
  • Make sure all of the light bulbs work.
  • Window areas should be clean and the windows should operate properly.
  • Floor coverings should be clean and look new to get top dollar. If your carpets are old, consider replacing them.
  • Steps and handrails should be in good repair.
  • If you have a sump pump, the pit should be clean and the pump should be in good condition.

Tip #10: How about the major appliances

  • The furnace filter should be clean.
  • The exterior of the water heater, furnace and water softener should be clean.
  • All kitchen appliances should work properly.
  • Does the garage door opener work properly? Is it quiet?

Tip #11. Minor flaws suggest that the property has been neglected to the prospect

  • Make sure the screen doors close tightly.
  • If you have a storage shed, is it in good repair?
  • Is the driveway in good condition?
  • How about the gutters and downspouts? Are they in good shape?
  • Has the roof reached the end of it's useful life?
  • Are hardwood and vinyl floors in good shape.

Summary: Prior to Showing Your Home:

  • Get rid of clutter on shelves, counter tops and closets
  • Put away excess furniture and items that are showing wear
  • Rearrange remaining furniture attractively (your agent can help you decide what's most effective)
  • Paint walls that are dirty, peeling or chipped. Remember, a few dollars worth of paint and spackle can bring big returns in the selling price.
  • Wash blinds, clean curtains and other window treatments
  • Shampoo carpets; polish hardwood, linoleum, or tile floors, as needed
  • Fix leaky faucets, toilets and appliances that don’t work
  • Remove accumulated junk from your basement and/or garage

Bonus Tip: While Your House is on the Market

  • Keep the house clean – vacuum and dust daily, if possible, do laundry before it piles up, put away the children's toys
  • Make a list of things to do and places to go while agents show the home to prospective buyers
  • Display live plants and/or fresh flowers - the aroma and fresh oxygen create a pleasant,
    invigorating atmosphere
  • Bake cookies or a pie when you expect a lot of traffic - make your home more inviting and cozy

For more information about how VIP Realty can help you sell a home in Central Indiana, call Tammy Bookout at (317) 345 - 8269, or send Tammy an e-mail, or submit the Request for Information form below.

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