It’s fix-up time!

All those little imperfections that you’ve learned to live with can be a real turn-off for potential buyers, so now is the time to deal with them.

A squeaky hinge, a loose cabinet door, a dripping faucet, a cracked switch plate – all those things can jump out at your buyers and give them the impression that maybe this house hasn’t had regular maintenance. It doesn’t matter that you’ve been taking care of the big things, because they’ll notice the small things.

So before you move on to the polish and shine phase of getting ready, go through the house and repair all those little imperfections.

While you’re at it, replace any burned out light bulbs. Yes, the buyers will know that bulbs burn out and they’ll need to buy their own. But you’re goal is to create a “Wow” impression, and it’s the details that make the difference. Plus, in most cases, more light is better.

Now… look at your paint with a critical eye. If it looks tired, or if you’ve got some rooms painted in bright or dramatic colors, repaint. Be sure to use a neutral color so potential buyers can imagine putting their furniture in the room.

Remember – your goal is to make your home look “move-in ready.

I hear buyer comments all the time, so if you’re unsure about what you need to do to impress them, get in touch. I’ll be glad to share what I’ve learned.