When it comes time to turn your rental property or preparing your home for sale what are the “best practices”? I always say it has to smell good and look good! What does that mean?
Exterior needs to look like you really care! Pressure wash, cut yard. Remove leaves. Freshen up landscaping! Pick up trash, make sure trash bins and other items are out of sight from the street. Front door, painted or wiped down. (You only get one chance to make a first impression) Storm door glass clean. Clean gutters, blow off roof. Your front exterior is the lead picture in your ad!
The home needs to be vacant and ready, meaning no leftover paint buckets or cleaning supplies left out or repairs still half…..done. Paint or spot paint as needed. Fix everything you can! Get rid of leftover furniture and declutter if selling. If it is feasible use a professional staging company. Just because you don’t want to throw something away doesn’t mean it’s going to enhance the value of your home! (This includes your garage) Donate it!!
Has to be clean! Really clean! Windows and baseboards clean! All spider webs gone. No dust or left over work residue on surfaces. (If you have work to finish make sure items are in a cabinet and out of sight, and finish the work quickly) Bath and kitchen need to be the cleanest! (if a property stays vacant for long you will need to refresh). A prospect will open the appliances every time so make sure they look stellar! New drip trays in the stove and no cracks in the flat top. Change out caulk in the tub if needed. Professionally clean carpets! Install shower curtains or liners in your rentals (first night people will flood your bathroom for you if you don’t). Install window blinds in your rental if you don’t want someone else using a hammer on your walls! (They are economical at Walmart) Everything should work properly including light bulbs and fixtures. (30% of people take the light bulbs when they move, sometimes even when they sell) PS – If you are buying or selling make sure you cover the chattels you want in your contract.
Practice what you know by making your house show ready to maximize value!!
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