On the heels of our mortgage refinance, I thought I’d put together a rundown of all the things we did two years ago to get our old house ready for sale. What follows is a rundown of all the ‘major’ stuff that we did just prior to putting our house on the market…
1. Had a moving sale
2. Gave a bunch of stuff to Goodwill
3. Moved a bunch of stuff to storage
4. Minor drywall repair
5. Minor paint touchups throughout the house
6. Washed all windows
7. Had Stanley Steemer clean the carpets ($225 for the whole house). For what itâ€™s worth, you can find exceptional ideas on buying, repairing, restoring, or maintaining carpets online and save money that usually falls underfoot. Cleaners, installers, and professionals offering other flooring options are offering special pricing now in the distressed economy.
8. Repaired a ground fault by replacing the cable from our house to the lamp post
9. Re-painted our mailbox and lamp post
10. Replaced exterior light fixtures on alongside garage door
11. Fertilized the lawn about two weeks before putting it on the market
12. Re-did the mulch beds with fresh pine straw
While this stuff took us a few days to get done, we actually turned a profit in that our moving sale generated more than enough in the way of profits to cover the costs of everything else, plus we had tax savings from the Goodwill donations.
When all was said and done, all three realtors that we interviewed walked through the house and said it was ready to show without doing a thing. And guess what? They were right. We sold our old house for very close to our asking price in under six days. Of course, the market was a heck of a lot better back then than it is now, but still… If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market this spring, be sure to do what you can to spruce it up.