Shelley Marshall

Sellers

Deciding to sell your home is a big step and a very important decision you and your family have to make together. I would happily assist you in the process and walking you through the steps together. If there are any questions even if you are not quite sure you are ready to commit to selling your home at this time or even if you are just curious please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

For tips on getting your home ready to sell, Always Remember:

  • Don't underestimate the power of curb appeal!
  • Being clean & smelling good is extremely important!
  • Making A Budget
  • Maximizing Curb appeal
  • Decluttering and Neutralizing
  • Neutral paint colors and removing unneeded items help buyers see the space!
Clean, Clean, & Clean Some More!
A house that "sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than the competitors. A "well-polished" house appeals to more buyers and will sell much faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can't see has probably also been maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:

Making A Budget
In getting your house ready its best to spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive "polishes" and "touch-ups" to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Fixing the minor repairs, cracked base boards, and condensation filled windows are what is key. Don't hesitate to ask me for advice.

Maximizing Curb Appeal
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. Tips to enhance your homes exterior and curb appeal:
  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly. Green is good!
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
  • Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
Declutter and Neutralize
Enhance your homes interior by:
  • Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage garages and moved half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
  • Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, and attics, making these areas much more inviting and open.
  • If necessary, repainting strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement. Get them taken care so there are no suprises come inspection time!
  • Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles. Easy fixes that don't take much time or money!
  • Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork. Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems. Ensures potential buyers that the house has been well taken care of.
  • Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads. Buying showy new towels for the bathroom to show potential!
  • Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.