Walls and Painting
Check all the ceilings for water stains. Sometimes old leaks leave stains,
even after you have repaired the leak. Of course, if you do have a leak,
you will have to get it repaired, whether it is a plumbing problem or
a roof leak.
You should do the same for walls, looking for not only stains, but also
areas where dirt has accumulated and you just may not have noticed.
Plus, you may have an outdated color scheme.
Painting can be your best investment when selling your home. It is not
a very expensive operation and often you can do it yourself. Do not
choose colors based on your own preferences, but based on what would
appeal to the widest possible number of buyers. You should almost always
choose an off-white color because white helps your rooms appear bright
Unless your carpet appears old and worn, or it is definitely an outdated
style or color, you probably should do nothing more than hire a good
carpet cleaner. If you do choose to replace it, do so with a fairly
neutral color. If it needs replacement, you may find it better to consider
a "carpet allowance."
Repair or replace broken floor tiles, but do not spend a lot of money
on it. Remember, you are not fixing up the place for yourself. You want
to move. Your goal is simply to give an impression of wholeness, of
being complete. The buyer is likely to replace whatever you select anyway.
Check all of your windows to make sure they open and close easily. If
not, a spray of WD40 often helps. Make sure there are no cracked or
broken windowpanes. If there are, replace them before you begin showing
Do the same things with the doors – make sure they open and close
properly, without creaking. If they do, a shot of WD40 on the hinges
usually makes the creak go away. Be sure the doorknobs turn easily,
and that they are cleaned and polished to look sharp. As buyers go from
room to room, someone opens each door and you want to do everything
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