Before you sell your home, you need to do your homework!
Know your property. If you are not already, become familiar with such facts about your property as property taxes, zoning, lot size, square footage, etc. Look at the terms of your existing loan.
Perform a "walk-through" of your property. Take notes on all items that need to be repaired or replaced. Things to consider include:
- From the street, is the house appealing? This is called "curb appeal".
- Does it need a new coat of paint?
- If a house with a yard, is the lawn and landscaping attractive and well-kept?
- Are the windows and doors attractive and in good condition?
- Are the roof (and the gutters) in good condition?
- Is the grass nicely cut, are the hedges trimmed, are the leaves swept up? Are all toys put away such as bikes, scooters, etc.?
- Are the interior paints and finishes in good condition (recently updated), or do they need to be freshened up? For a minimal investment, you could possibly make or break a sale by having your home look well-kept and inviting.
- Are the appliances in good working order and of recent vintage?
- Are the plumbing and electrical systems in good condition? Are they fully functional?
- Are the carpets or other floor coverings clean and in good condition? Like the paint, are they attractive and well-kept? Floor coverings are worth paying for so that your home makes a good impression.
- Are all light fixtures working properly, and is there good lighting in each room so that prospective buyers won't think you're hiding something?
The First Impression is the only impression!
Contact Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate if you have questions or would like more tips for selling your home in Central Maine.