Get Your Home Ready

Buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home. If what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can't see has probably also been well maintained. In preparing your house for sale consider:

  • How much should I spend?

  • Exterior appearance and curb appeal

  • Interior appeal

How Much Should I Spend to Prepare My House for Sale?

Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they are not likely to give you additional money that it costs. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations like installing a new kitchen.

The McAlister Home Group is familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood and can specifically advise you on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Do not hesitate to ask us for advice.

Maximizing Exterior Appearance and Curb Appeal

When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the curb appeal looks good, people will want to see the inside.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal to buyers:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered. 

  • Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.

  • Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling.

  • Paint the front door. In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.

  • Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.

  • Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.

  • Clean and align gutters.

  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

  • Repair any loose or deteriorating caulking.

  • Reseal old asphalt.

  • Keep the garage door closed.

Maximizing Interior Appeal

You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also, your home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects - so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior necessary to appeal to buyers:

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Renting a storage unit and moving some of your furniture out might be an option to create a sleeker, more spacious look.

  • Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.

  • Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.

  • Make sure that tabletops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.

  • Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free.

  • Repair dripping faucets and shower heads.

  • Buy fresh, neutral new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.

  • Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by changing the cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.

  • Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.

  • If necessary, repaint colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige.

  • Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix any problem areas.

  • Seal basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage.

  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, sheetrock, paint and tiles.

  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.

  • Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.

  • Wash windows, both inside and out.

  • Remove and store screens.

The McAlister Home Group can conduct a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior of your home and provide a checklist of improvements that need to be made prior to listing your house. We also have a list of contractors and other service professionals that we would be happy to recommend. Give us a call today!