These are some minor tips to focus on when selling.  Ask us out to review your house for a complete list of what to do to get top dollar.  We keep up with the trends, and can frequently tell you less expensive ways to set up your home to be the preferred property.

1. NO CLUTTER. Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small items like toys, figurines and other trinkets. Store clothing that won’t be used in the near future to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage. Buyers like to visualize their possessions in the house and that is hard to do when the home is full of clutter.

2. Wash your windows and remove all your window screens. This lets more light into the interior and dirty windows are a turn-off. 

3. Consider hiring a housekeeping service for a thorough cleaning, and then keep everything extra clean while you're on the market. Wash fingerprints and dirt from light switch plates. Clean the floors, stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer. A clean house makes a better first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for. 

4. Put brighter bulbs in light sockets to make rooms appear brighter, especially dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs. Turn all lights on before buyers come to view the home.  Also, make sure that the home is cooler for the buyer's visits as well.  Studies have shown that buyers stay longer in homes that are a little cool, so turn down the AC.

5. Get a home inspection, and make the repairs before you go on the market.  Focus on cosmetic repairs too.  Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained. 

6. Shoot for good curb appeal. Cut the grass, rake any leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a couple of bright potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention.  If you have a porch, play it up.  Buyers love porches.

7. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable. 

8. Clean dirty gutters. Have you ever met someone who you thought was really good looking, but then when you were chatting with them you noticed that they had dirty nails?  It's a huge turn-off, isn't it?  Well, gutters are similar.  They don't look like a big deal, but they'll be noticed.  Clean them.  Make sure they're on point.  

9. Polish or replace your front doorknob and door numbers. It's amazing to see what a fresh coat of paint or a new light fixture can do to help curb appeal.  

10. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. If carpets are old and need replacing, it is worthwhile to replace them, and consider hardwood or laminate as they are highly preferred in our market. The additional price you receive for your house will most likely outweigh the expense. Open the windows to refresh the home. The number one turn-off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.  If you opt for a plug in to help with odor, lean more toward vanilla or clean linen, the flowery smells will be a distraction to some.  Most people will not recognize the vanilla scent, but will rate your home as more appealing because it seems cleaner and more welcoming.  

For more helpful information including seller and buyer tips, please visit www.TriangleTrusted.com or give us a call at (919) 481-4914.  We are happy to answer questions about selling your home in Apex, Cary, Fuquay, Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, and Willow Spring.