Buying or Selling a Home

Getting My House Ready to Sell

Over the years I have been giving advice to my Sellers on how to get their property sold quickly and at a good price.  I decided to follow my own advice.  Here is what I did starting about 2 months ago.

  • Tried to grow grass in spotty areas
  • Boosted a regular watering schedule of the lawn and gardens
  • Visited with Nancy Spewak of Property Enhancement at my house to give me an hour of staging and decorating advice- $75/ hr
  • Took all of the clothes I have not worn in the last year to the Goodwill
  • Boosted my maid to come once a week to clean and do special projects like clean closets, cabinets, etc- last month and until the house was under contract- $70/week
  • Bought extra bedding plants for the garden- $100
  • Decluttered all closets
  • Replaced windows in my sunroom/office- the old ones were crank windows and some had some rot – $1800
  • I bought new duvet covers, accent pillows and sheets for two beds- $600-$700 (At least I get to take these with me!)
  • Order and installed a new glass shower door in my master bath- $800
  • Contracted with Absolute Tile and Stone to redo my kitchen with a travertine tile floor, granite counters and subway tile- $11,000
  • Had Voss Painting come in to spray my cabinets off-white. They were an odd, peachy wood color before- $2000
  • Repainted several rooms, the front door, exterior siding and interior woodwork. $1500
  • Replaced the carpeting in my study- $800
  • Had my carpet in the Lower Level cleaned- $65
  • Stopped cooking smelly foods
  • Cleaned the oven
  • Removed family photos
  • Professionally washed all of the windows- $175
  • Had my yard professionally edged and mulched by Cut Pro $300
  • For all showings:  turned on music, lite a candle, turned on all lights, cut fresh flowers and mowed the lawn

Viola….it sold quickly.  I keep thinking if I needed to do so much and spend all of the time and money. I guess I would rather be in the position I am now with a contract in place than wondering why my house has not sold….and making $10,000 price reductions.

The general rule is to spend about 2-5% of your sale price of your home on preparing it to go on the market.

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    Amazing! Love the concept and the style of the house. Looks so comfy inside and well ventilated. If only I have enough money, I will be the one to buy it.

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