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By Leslie Dabrowski | Broker in Salem, OR

Getting Your Home Sale Ready, With Little Cost!

 Getting Your Home Sale Ready,With Little Cost! 


"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" - Will Rogers


No truer words, especially if you are thinking of selling your present home. So here are some things you can do now to get your home sale ready and make the first impression a good one!


Exterior of the Home -

If buyers do not think the outside of your home is very appealing, your may never get them inside to see your updated bathrooms or your newly painted living room. This is the area you can make the biggest improvement with the least amount of cost.

Touch up the paint on your front door and trim. Also keep your porch area swept clean. It is easy to do and will make your entry more welcoming.


Trim back trees and bushes –

You want the great features of your home to be seen. Buyers may feel that you

are hiding something by covering it up with over grown vegetation. Rake up any leaves, and clean out the rain gutters. It will give your home a more maintained appearance. Add a little bit of color: by planting some flowers or add a hanging basket near the entrance.


The Interior -

Simply putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls can make a world of difference, and it will not cost you very much. Remember to keep the colors light and more neutral. It gives the buyer more options rather than wondering what to do with the bright red or purple walls in the living room. Remember even though it may be your taste,it may not be theirs.

De-clutter!- Buyers want to picture themselves living in your home, not want how you live in your home. For example, it is great that your family takes off there shoes when inside, but do not leave all the shoes at the entrance of the front door. While your home is listed, put them in a closet or a storage area.
Have a garage sale! This is a wonderful way to get rid of items you do not want to move to your new home, and make a little money!

Take some time and look around your home and consider what items you could possibly back up and store in the garage or in a storage unit in preparation for the move to your next home.

It is hard when you have small children and keeping their toys out of sight or at least picked up. One way, is to minimize the amount of toys taken out when the kids are playing. That way it will not be such a chore to put away when Buyers are viewing your home.


Flooring -

It is a great idea to make improvements to the floors.  It may only take getting your carpets cleaned or waxing / buffing your wood flooring. If you have tile flooring think about having the grout steam cleaned, These are quick fixes you can do, without the cost of replacement.


Light Fixtures -

Update some of your light fixtures. Home improvement stores have great ideas at a low cost.  Again this will give your home a fresh look.


Small Repairs and Big Repairs:

Go around your home and see what small repairs you can make, such as leaky faucets, running

toilets, cracking grout around the tub or shower.

Another thing that will  be more costly, but worth the effort, is to pay to have a full home inspection.

This way you can get those larger needed repairs out of the way, and make a great impression with the buyer.


**Try to see your home through the buyer’s eyes.  If you can do that, improvements needed will be easy to spot. A qualified Realtor would be happy to give you some great tips as well. Get busy!  


By Helen Oliveri,  Sun Feb 3 2013, 11:07
Great blog!
By Paige Wajsman,  Fri Oct 18 2013, 12:07
These are great tips, Leslie! Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend!

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