Thinking of selling your home? Here is some basic advice to help:
- Remove as much clutter as you can from inside the house. This may be the best thing you can do to hasten a sale. We Baby Boomers are collectors extraordinaire and need to take a long, hard look at our possessions before we allow the public in. This may include taking excess paintings from the walls or removing small side tables, the collection of your 100 favorite frogs, CDs etc. Clean lines are always preferable to a cluttered landscape.
- If you need help getting started, watch a few television episodes of “Clean Sweep” on TLC, now available in reruns. The show’s crew members enter a home where it appears a bomb has gone off (Do people really live like this?) But by the end of two days, at least two of the rooms in the home look neat and trim. (I’d love to see these rooms a few months later to see how long the redo has lasted. Not long, I’m guessing.)
- Scrub everything you can. Day-to-day living produces a lot of dust and grime. There may be dirt (horrors!) in places you might not think to look.
- Track down and remove any offensive odors. You might want to invite a good friend to visit to see if he or she notices a smell that you have gotten used to.
- Paint is an inexpensive way to make a positive impact in your home. But choose colors that are traditional (off white) rather than “personal” (chartreuse).
- Clear off your refrigerator. Hide your collection of magnets from the 50 states and even the cute photo of your newest grandchild. This will help to make your kitchen seem more spacious.
- Neaten up your yard and driveway area. You know what they say: You only have one chance to make a first impression.
- Put some new towels in the bathrooms. Empty wastebaskets often. Buff chrome faucet sets. Replace your current light bulbs with ones of a higher wattage. Wash the windows and mirrors.
- Find somewhere else to be when potential buyers come a’ calling. There’s nothing more distracting than having a homeowner lurking nearby while you are trying to decide if you have found your dream house or not.
By Teresa K. Flatley