Getting your Home Ready to Sell!

A house that “sparkles” on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well maintained.

From experience, REALTORS® also know that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing 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:

  • how much should you spend to prepare your house for sale?
  • 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, spend as little money as possible. 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.

Your REALTOR® is familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Don't hesitate to ask for advice.

Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal

When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the 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.
  • Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Powerwash home's exterior.
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Buy a new welcome mat.
  • Place potted flowers near the front door.

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:

  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts "the flow" or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
  • Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
  • Fix or replace discolored grout.
  • Replace broken tiles.
  • Replace worn countertops.

Prepare for a showing

  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
  • Keep pets secured outdoors.
  • Buy new towels for bathrooms.
  • Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
  • Replace old lamps or lampshades.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
  • Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
  • Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.
Contact Us About Selling Your Home

If you are thinking of Buying, Selling or Investing in Real Estate, "Think Eslinger Realty"

Jeffery D. Eslinger

Realtor®

941.915.9961

941.922.3879 FAX

EslingerRealtySarasota@gmail.com


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Testimonials

  • “We were very happy with the service we received during our home shopping and eventual purchase. Jeff was very responsive to our questions, always easy to reach and quick to return calls when needed. Jeff’s knowledge of construction was helpful on more than one we viewed. We would not hesitate to recommend Jeff to anyone buying or selling a home.”

    — Ross and Julie Hiner, August, 2012

  • “Our family moved to Sarasota from Orlando. Jeff helped us find our home, It worked out very well. I was very happy with him. If I was going to sell or buy another house, I would contact him first.”

    — Michelle Fisher, April, 2012

  • “Jeff came and explained the Selling process to us. He really expressed how he liked our home. He was very nice, personable and helpful throughout the whole process of selling our home in Sarasota. I would highly recommend his services.”

    — Indira Battan, May, 2013

  • “Our family moved to Sarasota from Orlando. Jeff helped us find our home, It worked out very well. I was very happy with him. If I was going to sell or buy another house, I would contact him first.”

    — Michelle Fisher, April, 2012

  • Searching for, negotiating, and closing on a property is quite the process these days. With that said, I can attest that Jeff Eslinger is in fact, the ultimate professional. He has an impressive knowledge of the real estate market, is extremely cognizant in the area of building and construction and to top it all off he is both honest & straightforward in his methods. Above all, He has an ability to see the homes through your eyes; while never losing sight of your "must have" list and believe me ours was quite lengthy. He was diligent in his responses and if he didn't have the answer at his fingertips he would attain it within hours. I will further recommend him with the highest marks as his hands on approach and knowledge of todays market made this a much smoother undertaking than we ever anticipated. All in all, Jeff never gave up on his pursuit to find us the perfect home (even when we sometimes did) and he always made us feel like we were his most important client.

    — Nancee Jackson, January 2014

  • Jeff was very instrumental in helping us find and purchase our new home. We had very specific criteria which I know made the search difficult. He found us our "dream" house with all the criteria we were seeking and due to his intimate local knowledge, he found it before it went on the market which translated to a smooth process, quick closing and happy buyers and sellers. I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff and have in the past..

    — Chris & Melissa Tomasso, December 2013

  • I know Jeff for more than ten years. Who would be more qualified than Jeff to handle your real estate needs? - Third generation local Sarasota family home building company , spent his entire career in the real estate and building industry, grew up in Sarasota, honest, high integrity family man..

    — Lou Rendemonti, December 2013

  • I chose Jeff to be my buyer's agent and had a wonderful experience. Before i worked with Jeff, I had been actively looking for homes for about a year. As soon as Jeff started working with me, we found my dream home in no time at all. Jeff was always available to me, and would promptly respond to emails/calls. Our experience with Jeff while professional was also very personal, he made sure to listen to exactly what i wanted and wouldn't settle for anything less. As a first time buyer he made sure i stayed informed from start to finish, and his knowledge and advice were extremely valuable. When I finally found the perfect home for me, Jeff worked very fast to make sure I would land it at the price I wanted. He handled negotiating the entire deal very well and helped me coordinate all the other aspects of appraisals, inspections, and other services...

    —Kylie Jackson, December 2013


  • We were very happy with the service we received during our home shopping and eventual purchase. Jeff was very responsive to our questions, always easy to reach and quick to return calls when needed. Jeff’s knowledge of construction was helpful on more than one we viewed. We would not hesitate to recommend Jeff to anyone buying or selling a home..

    —Ross and Julie Hiner, August 2012

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