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Tips When Selling Your Home

I have the expertise you need to get your home sold quickly and for the best price possible. Before you start showing your home, it is important for you to look at it through the eyes of a prospective buyer. Follow these steps to get your home prepared to show at its best.

Your investment in taking these steps will more than pay off in the offers you receive!

Cut the Clutter
When a prospective buyer tours your home, they are envisioning it as their own, with their family, furniture, photos, etc. Here are simple tips to de-clutter your home.


Get a Fresh Perspective
Bring in an agent, home stager or a friend to point out areas (inside and out) that could be considered “problem” areas. They will see things that you don’t because of your familiarity with the space.


Clear and Clean Counters
Focus especially in the bathrooms and kitchen and store away your personal items and small appliances. Lack of clutter makes the surfaces look larger and less personal.


Remove Extra Furniture
More open space allows for foot traffic to flow through your home. Too much furniture can create a cramped feeling for prospective buyers.


Show Off Storage Space
Prospective buyers are on the lookout for storage space. Storage is important now more than ever. Cleaning up closets, garages and basements is a big step to jump start the packing process.


Remove Personal Items
A prospective buyer wants to envision the home with their photos, knick-knacks, memorabilia, etc. Storing away your personal items allows them to see your home as their home. This is how you want the buyer to feel. Here is another opportunity to get a head start on your packing.

Easy Repairs and TLC
Buyers want to know that the home they are looking to purchase has been well cared for and loved. Be sure that everything is in proper working order.

Here is a quick checklist.

Walls and Floors
Nothing transforms a room better than a fresh coat of paint. Make sure to fix cracks and nail holes prior to painting with a bit of spackle.
Steam clean your carpets and repair any other floor damage such as cracked tiles.
Make sure to clean wall plates, especially those for light switches.

Make sure all of your plumbing fixtures are in good working order. Repair leaky faucets, clean stains and be sure to replace old shower curtains and floor mats.

Windows and Doors
Make sure all windows and doors operate smoothly with a quick spray of WD-40. Caulk any areas that conditioned air can escape. Clean around door handles as well.

Be mindful of odors left behind by smokers, pets and cooking. Consider purchasing an air purifier to neutralize unpleasant scents. Open the windows to let in some fresh air.
Check to see that all burnt out light bulbs are replaced. Doing so will help to illuminate the rooms.

CURB APPEAL - Your Home’s First Impression
Many buyers will simply pass up a house just based on the way it looks from the outside. It is critical to make sure that the area surrounding the exterior of the house is tidy and neat. This act shows that you take pride in your home!

The obvious: keep your lawn watered and mowed. Trim bushes and remove any weeds, dead pants and/or foliage. Consider planting annuals to bring color to the yard.
If it is winter time, make sure that you have removed any plants which have died and rake up leaves.

Front Door and Porch
Give your front door a fresh coat of paint if needed. Polish door hardware and replace your welcome mat with a new one.
Consider putting potted flowers on the porch.
If it is winter time, be sure to shovel any snow and remove ice.

Shine Brightly
Serious buyers will likely drive by your home at night. Make sure all exterior light bulbs are in working order and turned on so the home can be seen.

This list may seem overwhelming. If so, considering hiring a handyman for a day, a cleaning service and/or a landscaper. Just about all of these tasks can be covered in a weekend.

For the best chance to sell your home quickly and at the best price, you need to work with a professional and experienced real estate agent such as Marilyn Salzman. Marilyn is a top tier realtor with all the tools you need to sell your home in Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Ladue, Town and Country, Wildwood, Frontenac, Clayton or anywhere in the St. Louis metro area.\


Call Marilyn at (314-878-1011)