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Preparation

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The marketing of your home begins before your home is ever listed. We take the time to carefully walk through your home followed up with a professional consultation that will offer ideas to present your home and show exceptionally well. The consultation shall include advice on home repairs, improvements, staging of furnishings and possible home buyer concerns. We understand how critical it is to have your home looking it’s very best.

 
The Art of Placement
Our primary focus is to create energy that it is positive, nourishing and flows throughtout your home’s environment. Clutter is extra stimuli that can be a distraction from the home’s features and space. There should be an easy path to walk through from room to room. If a homebuyer has to walk around or avoid a space, they will feel uncomfortable and may shorten their tour of your home.

 
A house must be memorable and emit an image of home. Homebuyers choose a home by the process of elimination. When a homebuyer enters your home, the first room should be one of the most impressive rooms in your home.
Christine Jordan implements the art of placement when staging a home for sale. Our staging service is an additional resource to better serve our clients. Christine Jordan can be contacted at 770.378.8979.

 
Get Your House Ready to Show to Buyers
From experience, Peachtree Fine Properties knows that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers prefer to purchase a well-cared for home because if what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can’t see has probably also been well maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:
• your budget
• exterior and curb appeal
• interior 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.

 
How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your House for Sale?
In preparing your home for the market, balance should be considered between investment and features. 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.

 
Peachtree Fine Properties is familiar with buyer expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. We encourage you to ask for advice.

 
Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal
When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern should be your home’s exterior. If the outside, or “curb appeal” looks good, people will more than likely want to see what’s on the inside.

 
Here are some tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal to buyers:
• Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered.
• Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.
• Be sure your front door area has a “Welcome” feeling.
• Paint the front door.
• In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.
• In snowy areas, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
• Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.
• Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.
• Clean and align gutters.
• Inspect and clean the chimney.
• Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
• Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
• Reseal old asphalt.
• Keep the garage door closed.
• Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.

 
Maximizing Interior Appeal
You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects – so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

 
Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers:
• Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms rent storage units to store excess furnishings, thus creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
• Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.
• Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.
• Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
• Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free.
• Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
• Buy showy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.
• Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing cabinet knobs or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
• Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.
• If necessary, repaint dingy, soiled or 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.
• Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix any problem areas.
• Seal basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage.
• Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
• Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.
• Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.