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Quick Fixes for a Faster Sale



Outdoors

  • Be sure that your lawn and shrubbery are kept trimmed at all times. Consider removing overgrown trees and shrubs that hide the house from the street.
  • Keep the garage doors down at all times.
  • For a touch of color, have seasonal flowers growing in beds and containers.
  • 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.
  • 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 if necessary.
  • 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 working order.
  • Check all railing and fencing to make sure it’s in good repair and freshly painted.
  • 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.
  • Check for broken windows or leaking seals on thermo-pane windows; replace if necessary.
  • 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 makes a good first impression on prospective buyers. This sets the tone for the whole showing.
  • Check your mailbox. Is it straight and upright? Nearly trimmed around?
  • 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 exterior and grounds?

 


Indoors

  • Start by walking through the house and making a list. Do your carpets need shampooing? Floors need a fresh coal of wax? Dust all ceiling fans, especially the blades and wash light fixtures.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 more light.
  • With a good de-greaser, wipe down everything in the kitchen so it feels clean to the touch. Clean your stove and oven; replace oven pans if needed. 
  • 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 food pantry.
  • Make sure your sinks are clean at all times and free of dirty dishes and utensils. 
  • Remove all excess items from your counters to give the impression of lots of work surface.
  • Pleasing aromas add to the appealing atmosphere you’re trying to establish for your buyers; consider keeping a saucepan of potpourri on the stove to give off an appealing scent.
  • Clean all light switch places by taking them off and washing with soap and water, replace if necessary.
  • Make sure the bathrooms are spotless at all times with fresh towels, decorative soaps, and all fixtures are shiny, scrubbed, and in good repair.
  • Check all faucets and shower heads to make sure they’re spotless and free of leaks and drips.
  • Repaint interior rooms if needed with neutral colors.
  • 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.
  • Don’t have large space-eating house plants sitting around; give them away or ask a neighbor to store them until you move.
  • 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.
  • Mirrors are an old decorator trick to bring in more light as well as make rooms appear larger; either hanging on a wall or on a stand.
  • Pack away and store out of season clothes. Get rid of extra hangers. Straighten up your shoes (consider some inexpensive shoe racks from a discount store like K-Mart or Wal-Mart).
  • When painting, don’t forget the interiors of closets and the closets doors; make sure all closet and interior doors open and close correctly.
  • 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 and entertainment centers.
  • If you have a pet, make sure there are no odors. You may not notice odors since you live with your pet everyday. Have a neutral third party give your home a “Sniff” test

 

Ben Lee

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310.858.5489 direct

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Ben Lee is one of the premier real estate brokers in Los Angeles. He handled the sale of my house in expert fashion. He is a former attorney and a very skilled and firm negotiator. More importantly, he is decent, honest and has excellent people skills. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking to either purchase or sell their property. He's the best of the best.

—Steven M., Seller in Cheviot Hills