The old saying
"If its broke-fix it," is really important if youre getting
ready to put your home on the market for resale. The summer is the hottest time of the
year for selling and buying a new home on a local and national basis. School's out,
vacation time is here and people are relocating. So if youre one of the thousands
considering selling your home, here are several tips that might help you.
Most buyers today hire a professional home inspector to check your home
for minor and major repairs before they will close. So if you happen to miss something
when youre getting your home ready to sell, dont worry-- the professional
inspector will probably find it and that really helps you, too. I know you would hate it
if something came up after you closed and the new buyer came back to you and said,
"We did not know that your shower pan was leaking." The bad news is, you
didnt know it either, in fact you had filled out the "sellers
disclosure statement" and it was not listed because you didnt know!
Thats why a home inspector can help the seller, too. No one wants
an unhappy buyer or surprises at the time of closing. If fact, on my radio show I have
always suggested to the caller when the question comes up about selling their home, to get
a home inspection before you put your home on the market.
It never seems to fail; something always comes up right before closing
on home inspections and everyone is in a state of confusion when it does. Ive even
seen several transactions fall apart over a home inspection. Sometimes its really
sad because the seller has moved and their home has been on the market for some time and
if they had only known there was a problem, they would had fixed it. Keep in mind, one
inspector might find something another missed, so its not a fool-proof approach, but
its sure a step in the right direction when you get a pre-home inspection before
selling your home.
Things to do:
There are so many simple things we can do that will make a huge
difference and help our home shine for resale. Cleaning windows inside and out. When was
the last time you cleaned your windows? For most of us, its been years
- What do I see standing at the curb and looking back at the home Im thinking about
buying that might concern me?
- What are the areas outside that need fixing or changing that might give this home a
better curb appeal? Maybe add some shutters or repaint the front door a different color or
repaint the outsides of the home.
- Is everything working inside and out?
- Are the painted wall colors matching well overall with rest of the interior designs?
- Do the ceilings or wood trim need to be repainted or touched-up?
- Is the carpet clean and bright looking or are there stains that need attention?
- What about your landscaping? Do the flower beds need re-mulching, trees need dead wood
removed or should I plant new shrubs?
- Are there any leaks or water problems in the home?
- Are there any bad odors in the home?
It is important to walk your home inside and out, making a list just
like a prospective buyer might do--and be tough on yourself. Normally, when we're ready to
sell our home, we want it to sell quickly. We are not placing our home on the market to
get attention from our neighbors. We want to sell our home, and again, we want it to sell
Here are several other tips from "home inside organizer"
Debbie Williams that might help you.
For most organizing projects, you have four choices: hang it, put it in
drawers, store it on the floor or shelve it. One of the key rules in organizing and
decorating is to utilize vertical space. Often we place furniture around the room with
nothing above it, forming a nice horizontal line. There is a ton of unclaimed storage and
visually appealing space right above the furniture line!
Up off the floor? Use multi-level rods for hanging items. Bins and
shelf dividers keep folded items stacked. They are inexpensive to buy and can usually be
found in discount stores or home stores. The time you save sorting through things on the
floor or in drawers for purses and accessories will be well worth the small investment.
This will not only free up valuable drawer space, but can eliminate the need for chest or
When organizing your closet, keep all blouses together. Sort by color,
casual or dressy, long sleeved or short sleeved. Do the same for skirts, dresses, slacks
Kitchen Counter Space:
Since counter space is at a premium, dont display all your
knickknacks on the countertop. Hang framed prints rather than resting them on easels.
Consolidate fridge photos with a magnetic mat, or adhere a magnetic sheet to each picture
creating your own photo magnets. Store tall utensils in pottery or your favorite pitcher.
This makes your favorite things do double duty, creating more drawer space and reducing
If you have a two-story home, upstairs toys are not dragged
downstairs; they stay in the bedroom or playroom. Keep a few toys on a small shelf, in a
wicker basket, or toy bin downstairs in the family room. These must be cleaned up each
night before bedtime. Downstairs push or riding toys must stay downstairs and off the
steps. I know Jim wrote a great story for this newspaper about "home accidents"
and keeping things off the steps. If you did not get chance to read it, I suggest you call
him for a copy.
Try the three-toy rule. The child can only play with three toys
at a time, and then its time to put them away before dragging out another one. It
works well with puzzles, books and other like items. If you start young, they may continue
this "clean as you go" rule throughout life.
Using some of these organizing tips will allow you to reclaim storage
space and cut down on clutter in your home. Use the basic principles of clutter containing
for each area in your home. By containing clutter, your home will show much better and
help you towards a faster home sell.