Prepping your Morris County house for sale can be a challenge or a pleasure—for the most part, that’s determined by how much attention you’ve been able to give the place in the past few years. Either way, the first action item is to make a thorough reconnaissance of the property. The punch list of maintenance initiatives that results will determine how much time and effort will be necessary.
If your levelheaded curb appeal assessment rates a “C” or less, it’s fairly certain to be reflected in the interest you can expect from prospective buyers—not to mention the offers you’ll probably receive. A landscape renovation, exterior paint job, or roofing overhaul might ultimately be less expensive than the loss of buyer enthusiasm if major problems are disregarded.
Prepping the household interior calls for the same degree of hard-headed examination and decision-making. Although a major remodeling project seldom returns its cost, the three basic rules of house-prepping are invariably worth their cost in both dollars and effort:
- Deep clean every nook and cranny
- Declutter and clear space
- Boost light levels wherever possible
After the lion’s share of prepping activities have been accomplished, what’s left to do? A valuable final step is uncomplicated. It’s as simple as the word “welcome.” That’s evidenced by one of the most frequently found pieces of advice about prepping a home. It’s also the simplest one: “replace the welcome mat.”
That’s frequently joined by a more expensive cousin, “replacing the front door”—as well as “renewing the front door hardware” and “replacing the address numerals.” All of these rely on the value of greeting visitors with a clean and welcoming first impression. Like a fine hotel’s freshly polished brass railing, it signals that every effort has been taken to cater to you, the visitor. It’s a sign of respect. And in fact, putting that final bit of effort into making those details as pleasing as possible subtly paves the way for a positive reception for the experience that follows.
I can help you when it comes to all phases of prepping your Morris County house for sale. There’s no obligation (there never is)—so don’t be shy about calling me whenever a professional’s opinion will be useful!