Extra Thought

Extra Thought Can Mean Better Sales Price, Less Time on Market

A little paint here and there, shampoo on the carpets, some spackle and voilà ! Your house is ready to go on the market, right?

Even if you've kept your home in mint condition over the years, a little extra thought can mean thousands more in your sales price. It can also mean the difference between a week and a couple of months on the market.

Here are some projects to take care of before your home goes on the market.

  • Deep cleaning of the bathrooms and kitchen, which includes replacing old toilet seats and other worn-out fixtures;
  • Locate and replace rotted wood; clear overgrowth in the yard
  • Clean windows and replace carpeting, if necessary;
  • If a roof is in obvious need of help, such as leaks or visible damage, make necessary repairs.

By postponing roof, wood rot or other necessary repairs, a seller can lose twice - first in a lower sales price and later when a lender requires repairs for closing.