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SELLING YOUR HOME BY OWNER? Welcome Home – where we make it simple and easy! Prepare Your Home Maximizing exterior and curb appeal

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SELLING YOUR HOME BY OWNER?

Welcome Home – where we make it simple and easy!

prepare your home
Prepare Your Home

Maximizing exterior and curb 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. Tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • In Northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
  • During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
  • Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Store RVs or old, beat up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
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Maximizing interior appeal

Enhance your home’s interior by:

  • Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage garages and moved half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
  • Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market. This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
  • Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, and attics, making these areas much more inviting. Since you're anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great idea.
  • If necessary, repainting 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.
  • Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement.
  • Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork.
  • Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating, cooling, and alarm systems.
  • Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads. Buying showy new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
  • Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.
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Quick tips for showings:
  • Keep counter tops cleared
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Open all drapes and window blinds
  • Turn on lights
  • Put pets in cages or take them to a neighbor
  • No dirty dishes in the sink
  • No laundry in the washer/dryer
  • Clean or replace dirty or worn carpets
  • Put on soft music
  • Burn wood in the fireplace on cold days, otherwise, the fireplace should be clean
  • The smell of baking cookies or homemade bread is always enticing.

Always look at your home from the buyer's point of view. Be objective and be honest.

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Advertising
  • Obtain a yard sign with a tube for flyers
  • Think about advertising in local a newspaper
  • Consider the internet – ForSaleByOwner.com has a great website and advertising packages
  • Put together a feature sheet. Include pertinent info about house: size, features, listing price, contact names and numbers, include some photos if possible
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Homeowners Title Agency provides all the necessary documents needed to complete the sale of your home. Everything you need can be downloaded and printed from our website. Alternatively, we have free packages of documents available for pick up or by mail by contacting our office at 248 853-4663.

Documents to have ready for potential buyers

  • Complete your Seller’s Disclosure form – 2 pages
  • Complete the Lead-based Paint form that relates to the age of your home
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Your buyer has made a verbal offer so now it is time to:
  • Obtain from buyers a copy of their mortgage Pre-Approval letter
  • Give Buyers copy of Seller’s disclosure and Lead-Based Paint documents – make sure they are signed and initialed properly
  • Complete “Terms to be Negotiated between Buyer and Seller” document

Use this form when completing the Purchase Agreement – it follows in the exact order for ease of completion

  • Complete Purchase Agreement using the information from the “Terms” document
  • Collect earnest money deposit check made out to Homeowners Title Agency
  • Buyers and Sellers sign “Earnest Money Deposit Receipt”
  • Bring signed Purchase Agreement and all other documents (see “Items to Bring….” document from website or information packet) to Homeowners Title Agency and we’ll take it from there!