Tips on Preparing Your Eastern Panhandle WV Home for Sale
Spring is right around the corner! Even though Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, now is the time to get your home ready if you’re planning to sell. It might be a seller’s market in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, but if your house lacks curb appeal you may not get what your home is worth.
Having good curb appeal is very important. What potential buyers see from the outside is their first impression and will significantly affect their overall attitude towards the property.
Even though it’s still technically winter, try and get outside and straighten up your yard. Rake up yard debris including excess leaves and sticks and get the dormant grass spruced up. Make sure your gutters are clean (which is always a good idea whether prepping your house for sale or not). Debris on the roof should also be removed. If you can’t do it, then call a gutter cleaning company that can.
If there is still snow on the ground, front sidewalks, driveways, and walkways should be cleared off. Having these areas clear shows a commitment to maintenance and shows the potential buyer that you care.
Real estate agents will call before they show your house. If you have a narrow driveway, park your car out of the way to allow potential buyers easy access to the front entrance area. Likewise, be sure to clean off your front porch.
Once you set the expectations with strong outside curb appeal, make sure that the condition inside your house is as great as it is outside! Here are some quick and inexpensive tips to prepare the inside of your house for real estate showings:
- Kitchen countertops should be clear and clean. If you have granite countertops, let them be seen! There shouldn’t be dirty dishes in the sink, and dishes in the dishwasher should be put away. The dishwasher should be cleaned (potential buyers may check out the kitchen appliances). Ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators should be wiped clean as well.
- Odors are another turnoff to potential buyers. If you own cats make sure the litter box is clean – and if you own dogs, make sure that the backyard is clean as well. A good professional carpet cleaning is a good idea to get your house smelling nice and fresh.
- Bedrooms should be clean and clear of obstacles. Beds should be made and dirty clothes picked off the floor. Keep closets clean and neat, as buyers will poke their head in to check out the closet space.
- Bathrooms need to be sparkling clean. Shower doors should be clear of soap residue, sinks and tubs cleaned, and counter space clear of clutter. Nice bathrooms are an easy – and inexpensive way – to maximize the value of your house.
It might be a seller’s market – especially in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties – but when selling a house, every detail counts! Preparing your Eastern Panhandle WV home for sale is an important part of the selling process.
Linda Kilroy is a real estate agent servicing the Charles Town, Martinsburg, Inwood, Shepherdstown, and Harpers Ferry area. When it comes to buying or selling, Linda has tons of experience. Her team will get you the best deal if you’re buying and won’t leave money on the table if you’re selling! Give them a call at (304) 725-1145.
Preparing Your Eastern Panhandle WV Home for Sale