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Here’s my “90 second lightning round” of home selling tips for the very busy.
Here’s 40 more free or low cost tips for you that will likely make your Knoxville area home sell faster and for more money.
1. Be sure your lawn and shrubbery is kept trimmed at all times. Consider
removing overgrown trees and shrubs that hide the house from the street.
2. Keep the garage doors down at all times.
3. For a touch of color, have seasonal flowers growing in beds and containers.
4. Make sure your driveway is in good repair. Pressure wash concrete drives
and walks to remove stains and car drippings, and put a fresh coat of
sealer on asphalt drives.
5. Make sure patios and decks are clean and in good repair. Replace any
rotten wood and nail down loose boards on decking or steps; pressure wash
6. Garage sale time! Clear out everything you don’t intend to keep and tidy
up what’s staying. Make sure garage doors and openers are in proper
7.Check all railings and fencing to make sure it’s in good repair and
8. Pay special attention to the area around your front door; make sure your
doorbell works, clean all cobwebs, leaves, and other debris that may have
accumulated there. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint if needed;
paint is one of the most cost effective fix up items you can do.
9. Check for broken windows or leaking seals on thermo pane windows;
replace if necessary.
10. Clean all the cobwebs from around the front door. Make sure all
outdoor lighting (especially front porch) is clean and shiny; replace if
necessary. It is especially important that the entrance to your home make a
good first impression on prospective buyers. This sets the tone for the
11. Check your mailbox. Is it straight and upright? Neatly trimmed around?
12. Before you start indoors walk across the street in front of your house
and look back (like a buyer will see it). Does it present an appealing
13. Start by walking through the house and making a list. Do your carpets
need shampooing? Floors need a fresh coat of wax? Dust all ceiling fans
especially the blades and wash light
14. You’re going to have to pack when you move anyway, so go through all
your closets and pack up everything you don’t need for the next couple of
months. A closet with only a few neatly arranged items creates an
impression of abundant storage space.
15. Thin out overcrowded rooms. Ever notice the model homes sparse
furnishings? They make the rooms look larger. Consider renting a storage
facility to store excess lamps, tables, and large items that eat up space
in a room.
16.Go through and pack up most of your family pictures and collections of
model ships, stamps, quilts, or anything that might cause a buyer to stop
and look at your collections of stuff instead of your house.
17.Check all light fixtures to make sure all the bulbs burn. Use the
largest wattage bulb that you safely can to give off more light.
18. Wash all your windows and make sure window treatments are clean and in
good repair. Keep the window coverings open whenever possible to let in
19. With a good degreaser, wipe down everything in the kitchen so it feels
clean to the touch. Clean your stove and oven; replace stove eye pans if needed
20. Go through your kitchen cabinets and pantry to make sure they’re neat
and tidy; give any food that you don’t plan to use right away to the local
21.Make sure your sinks are clean at all times and free of dirty dishes and
22. Remove all excess items from your counters to give the impression of
lots of work surface.
23. Pleasing aromas add to the appealing atmosphere we’re trying to
establish for your buyers; consider keeping a saucepan of potpourri on the
stove to give off an appealing scent.
24.Clean all light switch places by taking them off and washing with soap
and water; replace if necessary.
25.Make sure the bathrooms are spotless at all times with fresh towels,
decorative soaps, and all fixtures are shiny, scrubbed, and in good repair.
26. Check all faucets and shower heads to make sure they’re spotless and
free of leaks and drips.
27. Repaint interior rooms if needed with neutral colors.
28.Don’t forget your ceilings too; years of living in a home with cooking,
smoking, and other everyday activities can stain ceilings. Paint ages;
repaint if needed.
29. Don’t have large, space eating house plants sitting around; give them
away or ask a neighbor to store them until you move.
31.The more light you can get into a room the bigger and more spacious the
room will appear. When you leave for a showing, turn on lights in rooms
that are normally darker than you would like and make sure the window
coverings are open to admit outside light.
32. An old decorator trick to bring in more light as well as make rooms
appear larger are mirrors; either hanging on a wall or on a stand.
33. Pack away and store out of season clothes. Get rid of extra hangars.
Straighten up your shoes (consider some inexpensive shoe racks from a
discount store like K-Mart or Wal-Mart).
34. When painting don’t forget the interiors of closets and the closets
doors; make sure all closet and interior doors open and close correctly.
35. Check where ceilings meet wall and clean all cobwebs, this is a
commonly overlooked area when cleaning, along with tops of tall furniture
items such as hutches, entertainment centers, etc.
36. If you have a pet make sure there are no odors. You may not notice
odors since you live with your pet every day, have a neutral third party
give your home a “sniff” test for objectionable odors that may turn buyers off.
37. Also, when buyers come to visit, keep your pet under control, or better
yet, get a friend or neighbor to “pet sit” for you while the buyers are
38. It’s important that you leave the house for all showings. Buyers feel
less inhibited if you’re not around and will usually take a closer look in
closets and in kitchen cabinets, as well as voice any objections that your
agent can then deal with. If the buyers won’t make comments because you’re
following them around pointing things out then your agent can’t deal with
any potential problems that may hinder making an offer.
39. If you have several vehicles make sure the spot closest to the door
buyers enter through is empty for them.
40. Freshly baked or even store bought cookies & little snacks along with
an appropriate beverage (hot in winter, cold in summer) along with a sign
saying “Please Sit Down and Enjoy a Treat While You’re Here” will make your
home more memorable even if they don’t take anything. Remember little
things can go a long way towards getting your home sold quickly for the
Call or email me Jim@JimLee.com for a free, no obligation consultation on your home’s most likely selling price and how to sell it faster for more money.