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What are some ways to keep your home market ready?

February 13, 2019

Many sellers are anxious about getting their house market ready prior to putting it on the market. It can feel like an overwhelming task, especially for those who can’t get to those nagging projects that have piled up over the years.

Let’s face it, life is great, and we all need to stop and smell the roses, thus leaving our linen closets in disarray, our garages piling up with unnecessary stuff and our bathrooms needing a nip and tuck.

It’s common for sellers to tackle all these projects within a few months or weeks before listing their home. This can be stressful and, the worst part is, they don’t get to reap the benefits of their improvements.

To help alleviate stress, it is vitally important to keep your home current while you live there. That way, when you are ready to list, the big projects will be behind you, you will have enjoyed your home and you will be far better prepared to go to market.

Here are a few tips to keep your home current for the marketplace:

Remove old wallpaper.

Declutter, declutter, declutter.

Paint rooms in a neutral color.

Remove dingy, old carpet.

Replace light fixtures.

Update kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware.

Replace faucets and shower heads that are corroded.

Tile old bathrooms and add new toilets and/or sinks if dirty.

Invest in new appliances that you can take with you.

Install wall-mounted TVs.

Depersonalize public rooms and leave those items in the bedrooms. (When ready to list, store your personal items, like photos, away until the home sells).

Paint entry doors.

Update garage doors.

Futurize your home by adding smart technology, including thermostats, alarms, doorbells, and keyless entry.

By keeping your home tidy and current, you can rest assured that when the time comes, buyers will see the care and effort you have put into your home and they will feel confident it was maintained and loved.

Kris Cochran,

Halstead Connecticut,

(203) 554-7009, kcochran@halstead.com

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