Preparing to sell your house
If you are thinking about selling your home in the Lawrence, KS and surrounding areas, here are a few things to help you get ready for market. Selling a home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. The key is to make sure your home stands out amongst the competition.
Today, the home that stands out among similarly-priced houses is the home that sells. Why? Because it makes a good
first impression that lasts right to closing day.
You may not be able to improve the market value of your house (finish basement, remodel kitchen, etc.), but you can
improve its marketability. And usually this can be done with more elbow grease than hard cash. The key is to put
yourself in the buyer’s shoes. In fact, if you drop by some open houses (you may soon be a buyer yourself), you’ll pick up
some pointers. Then practice making your house as appealing and uncluttered as the home you wish to buy.
Start here with “curb appeal”. Here are the basics. A trim lawn, well-proportioned shrubs. Remove garden hoses, lawn
tools, dog house and toys from the yard. Check the roof for any curled, missing or damaged shingles. Make sure that the gutters and down spouts are clean and in good shape. Check the siding, window trim and shutters to make sure that they are free of wood rot and that all seams are caulked and paint is in good condition. Keep walks and steps free of snow and ice. Extras:Plant folowers for added color and mulch all flower beds. A few seasonal decorations can also add a punch of color.
The front entry:
Aura and atmosphere give a hint of what’s inside. Basics: Light (from window, skylight, lamp or overhead
fixture; perhaps even use a stronger light bulb). For evening inspection, turn on every light in the house for a welcoming
glow. Make sure the house smells fresh and clean. Make sure that the woodwork is unmarred and the carpeting
spotless. A fresh coat of paint is a good investment, and it’s most appealing in a neutral tone, since strong color is so
subjective. Remove unsightly or worn throw rugs. Extras: Door chime. Dead bolt lock and chain.
The living room:
Strive for a lived-in, cozy feeling. Discard worn, chipped or frayed furniture. Open curtains. Furnishings
here and throughout the house should be well placed and in good repair. Set out fresh flowers, and even put a drop of
bath oil or vanilla on light bulbs for a subtle scent.
Many buyers judge the house by the way the oven and stove are kept. Basics: Appliances should be
spotless and in perfect working condition. Replace or repair anything that sticks, squeaks or drips. Counter, cooking,
cabinet and eating spaces should be kept open and uncluttered, without countertop appliances. Clean butcher block.
Floors and walls should be in inviting light colors, and serviceable (resistant to grease and moisture).
The master bedroom:
The second-most appealing room to the buyer (after the kitchen, before the garage). Basics:
Uncluttered furnishings; defined areas (sleeping, dressing, sitting) by furniture arrangement. Show the true size of
closets by removing or packing items that can be stored elsewhere (since you’re moving away), like off-season clothes.
Practicality combines with attractiveness. Basics: Sink, toilet, bathtub, tile, even shower curtains should be
immaculate. Fix leaky faucets — rust stains indicate faulty plumbing. Repair caulking and grouting. Minor flaws suggest
neglect to the prospect. Light should be soft (no harsh fluorescents), but bright. Extras: Use some potpourri for a
The recreation room:
An atmosphere of relaxation, fun and activity should pervade. Basics: Open space to
accommodate an assortment of activities. Make sure the fireplace or wood stove is clean, with fresh logs. Extras: Track
lighting; ceiling fan.
Convenience is the key here (the perfect garage holds only cars). Basics: Uncluttered space. Sell, giveaway
or toss unnecessary articles. Clean oily cement floor. Strong overhead light (fluorescent or bulb). Orderly storage area,
Organize, hang tools on peg boards, and put items on shelves. Cure damp smell by placing bag of
limestone in damp area. Clean the water heater outside, change the furnace filter and make inspection- access easy.
Brighten the basement by painting walls.
Yes, it’s for sale, too. Tidy it up. Light it up. Again, pack anything you’re going to move. Get rid of the rest. Be
sure your energy-saving insulation is apparent and the air vent works.
This list should provide you with the basics of preparing your house for market. Do you need some advice on repairs and updates? Give The Abram Team a call at 785-371-4488, we would be happy to discuss which items would give you the most bang for the buck.