Preparing Your Home for Sale – Part 2

wax warmer

Now that you have the exterior of your home ready for showings, it’s time to discuss what needs to be done on the interior.  Stand at your front door and walk into your home.  What does it smell like? If you can smell pet odors, cooking odors or if just smells stale, you need to address that right away.  Open the windows to let some fresh air in and use wax warmers or plug in scents to create a fresh scent in your home.  A foul smelling home will not sell!

living room

When you walk in the door, what do you see? Is the home warm and welcoming or is there clutter and too much furniture?  You want to make sure all surfaces are clear with only a few decorative items.  Remove all personal photos from the walls and shelving. Does the living area feel too crowded? It may be the right time to move some furniture into the garage to open up the space. Is the furniture torn or stained? Investing in slipcovers is a good fix for these issues.

kitchen

Now let’s talk about the kitchen. Are there stains on the stove, sink or counters? You simply must get those stains out and replace items if needed. Your kitchen needs to sparkle! Remember, clear off all surfaces except for a few items to show off all that wonderful counter space! How do the cabinets look? Do they need to be cleaned? Do they need a fresh coat of paint or stain? It is imperative that your kitchen be as crisp as possible.

bathroom

How do your bathrooms look? Should the caulk around the sinks and tubs/showers be removed and re-applied? No one wants to see mildew in the bathroom as it sometimes indicates a problem. Using a razor blade, carefully cut out the old caulk and replace with new. How are the tiles and grout? Make sure they are clean and free of hard soap stains, etc. And again, check your cabinetry to make sure it looks good as well.

bedroom interior

Our final discussion will be the bedrooms.  Be sure they are not overcrowded with furniture. You want to showcase the size of these rooms! Make sure beds are made neatly and that all clothing is hanging or neatly folded in drawers. If you have a storage area in a bedroom, make sure it is organized neatly and efficiently.

 

Always make sure to clean your home right before a showing. The floors should be vacuumed, swept and mopped; all surfaces should be clean and dust free and bathrooms should gleam.

The next and final part of this series will discuss how to prepare the mechanics of your home.  Stay tuned!

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2816 NW 167th Street, Edmond, OK

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1954 SQUARE FEET

BUYER REPRESENTED.  My new first time home buyers are under contract with their dream home in less than 36 hours! They received a custom home search, found one they loved, I got them in immediately and we wrote the contract standing at the kitchen bar! We were up against other offers and won the contract! I would love to assist you too!

Gorgeous home with a Versatile floor plan! All flooring updated. Large Living room which is wide open to the spacious breakfast nook, kitchen and formal dining/study spaces. These areas have a lot of windows which allows for an abundance of light! Anchored with a beautiful masonry Fireplace and hard wood floors! Kitchen is complete with a Breakfast Bar and sizable Pantry. Very luxurious Master bedroom with Bay Window for Sitting! Master bathroom has large bath, shower, double sinks and a VERY large walk in Closet! Huge Covered Patio overlooking a nice size yard! Security System! Neighborhood Pool and Park! Close to Schools.

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Preparing Your Home for Sale – Part 1

 

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You’ve decided to sell your home. Maybe the kids have moved out, you have kids on the way or you are relocating.The steps you take to prepare your home for sale are crucial to a successful closing. Preparing your home for sale can feel like an overwhelming task. I always recommend taking things step by step.

Brick home pic

First, you will want to grab a notepad and a pen. Stand outside your house by the curb and take a look at the exterior paint, is it peeling? How about the gutters? How do the garage doors look? Do they need to be painted? Washed? Are the windows clean? Are the screens clean and not torn? How about the landscaping? Are bushes overgrown? Are there weeds in the flower beds? Now, walk up to your front porch/doorway. How does it look? Are there cobwebs? Is it dirty? Remember, this is the first area a potential buyer will see when viewing your home.

Plant new flowers, trim hedges and bushes and make sure they don’t obstruct the windows. Clean out the gutters and clear them of any debris. Clear the flower beds of weeds and put down fresh mulch. Black is a very popular color for mulch now. Mow the yard and treat for weeds (if there are any). Clean the windows and inspect the screens to make sure they aren’t torn. Paint the exterior if needed. (Paint is an inexpensive way to make a home look great; inside and out!) What about the front door? How does the door handle/lock look? Are they rusted? Worn? Are they sturdy and secure? It might be time to replace the hardware on the door. And what about the door itself? Could it use a new coat of paint? Make the exterior of your home shine! Spruce up the curb appeal to attract more potential buyers.

backyard patio

Now, walk around to the back of your home. Stand at the back of the yard and look at the patio area, the yard, windows and the back door. How does it look? Has Fido scratched up the door? Are there poop piles in the yard? Is the patio inviting? Are the windows clean and screens not torn? You will want to make sure the backyard is mowed, and weeds are treated. The patio should have a nice seating area (if there is room) and should be clutter-free. Many folks spend a lot of time on their back patio, so be sure not to overlook this area when prepping your home for sale!

In the next post, we will begin to look at the interior of the home.

If you would like a free consultation to assist you in preparing your home for sale; contact me at 405.205.2778.

 

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Beautiful home in desirable neighborhood with brand new roof, exterior and interior paint. From the moment you step in, you feel like you’re home. Gorgeous laminate wood flooring, huge family room with fireplace and ceiling fan. As you make your way into the large kitchen you will see a pantry, an island and tons of counter space for cooking great meals. The kitchen features a breakfast bar and dining area. This home is great for entertaining. At the end of the evening, enjoy a soak in your whirlpool tub and the serenity of your large master bedroom which adjoins to the back patio. The secondary bedrooms have plenty of space for guests or children and share a large hall bathroom. Also featured is an additional dining/living area. 4th Bedroom could easily be an office with beautiful built-ins. The home also features: surround sound, security alarm, plantation shutters and a large covered back patio, and don’t forget about the Storm Shelter!

12705 Saint Christopher Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Just Listed

12705 Saint Christopher Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Just Listed

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4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 2556 SQUARE FEET

Property Description

Charming updated home in great location. Great floor plan on large lot! Family room with built-ins and fireplace, Kitchen has granite , stainless steel appliances, wine cooler and large eating area with built ins – True Mother In Law plan with huge 4th bedroom with 2 closets and a full bath, spacious master with full bath and two walk-in closets. This home has had a tons of updates, including hand scraped wood flooring, new tile showers, newer light fixtures and can lights, trimmed trees, partial new fence, new retaining wall and new gas logs. This is simply a must see!


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17717 Sparrowhawk Lane, Edmond, Oklahoma – Just Listed

17717 Sparrowhawk Lane, Edmond, Oklahoma

Just Listed

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3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 2620 SQUARE FEET

Property Description

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Large pie shaped lot with plenty of room for a pool! Hand scraped wood floors, tall ceilings, TONS of natural light and lots of upgrades. You will love the open flow of the family room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen features a large island, granite, built in hutch and gas stove. Other rooms include a game room, formal dining room and an office. You will lose yourself in the luxurious master suite which features a large vanity with his and hers sinks, whirlpool tub, walk in closet and separate shower. Your family will be safe during storm season with a 10 person storm shelter. This home simply has it all…


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6404 Bent Wood Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Just Listed

6404 Bent Wood Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Just Listed

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2329 SQUARE FEET

Property Description

Fall in love the moment you walk through the Monte Cristo door. You will love the designer feel of this home from the wood look tile and slate tile to the granite and vaulted ceilings. Lots of natural light flows through the windows in the living and dining room. Enjoy surround sound even outside on the back patio! The bonus room is equipped with a 1080p projector, in-wall audio and cieling and an Onyko Receiver so you can enjoy theater style entertainment. The bonus room also features a 1/4 bath and a bar. Be sure to look behind the bookcase in the office for a little surprise!


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4217 Stirrup Lane, Edmond, Oklahoma – Just Listed

4217 Stirrup Lane, Edmond, Oklahoma

Just Listed

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4 BEDROOMS | 5 (3 full, 1 half, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 4225 SQUARE FEET

Property Description

Well appointed home in Edmond’s prestigious Iron Horse Ranch. Enjoy an upscale lifestyle with handscraped wood floors, bold and beautiful exposed beams, expansive ceilings, barrel ceilings and custom cabinetry built on site.

You will love the large kitchen with granite counters, double ovens, professional series gas stove, pantry and large center island. The family room, dining room and kitchen connect in an open concept floor plan and have lots of natural light.

The master has a gorgeous wood barrel ceiling and has a connecting study. The master bath features a whirlpool tub, his and hers vanity, walk in shower, private water closet and large walk in closet. The Master Suite, study and one bedroom is downstairs, upstairs are two more bedrooms, a living area/loft, media room, and a newly added bonus room. The garage features an 8 person storm shelter. This home is set up for Smart House capability. Alarm and Video Surveillance system on site.


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15617 Cardinal Nest Drive, Edmond, Oklahoma – Just Listed

15617 Cardinal Nest Drive, Edmond, Oklahoma

Just Listed

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4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1768 SQUARE FEET

Property Description

You will LOVE this beautiful home in Robin Ridge! Exposed beams, brick fireplace, wood flooring and it’s nestled in a 1/2 cul-de-sac lot!

Granite throughout, stainless steel kitchen appliances, HUGE kitchen pantry and a fantastic island with bar. The master features a tray ceiling with lighting, walk in shower, whirlpool tub and large walk in closet.

Natural light flows through the awesome floor plan and it feels so much bigger than its’ square footage. Underground sprinkler and SECURITY SYSTEM.

Enjoy the 4 fishing ponds, walking trails, community pool, basketball court and playground in Robin Ridge. Located just 5 minutes from Quail Springs Mall and tons of other shopping venues, this home and locale is sure to meet your needs! STORM SHELTER AND HOME WARRANTY!!


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4220 NW 148th Street, Oklahoma City, OK – Just Listed

4220 NW 148th Street, Oklahoma City, OK

Just Listed

Property Description

DEER CREEK SCHOOLS

Move In Ready! This is a true mother in law floor plan with 4 bedrooms, Office, 2 living, 2 dining and almost 3,200 square feet.

Kitchen features island, tons of cabinet and counter space, bar, new granite counters, new backsplash and fridge.

The large Master has 2 walk in closets, gun safe, whirlpool tub, double vanities and new fixtures. The mother in law bedroom is located on a private hall and features 2 closets, bay window and a private bathroom.

Enjoy our beautiful Oklahoma weather on the very large stamped concrete covered patio which is perfect for entertaining, or just enjoying the sunset. This is truly a must see home, don’t wait!


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