1. Have a pre-sale home inspection.
Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.
2. Organize and clean.
Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.
3. Get replacement estimates.
Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.
4. Find your warranties.
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.
5. Spruce up the curb appeal.
Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?
Rick’s knowledge, professional & personalized approach in assisting clients gain buying & selling success began in 1976; after graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. Degree in Finance, with special concentration in Real Estate and Urban Economics. He is the office’s Managing Broker, holding licenses in both Illinois and Missouri. Besides yearly sales achievement awards, Rick was twice elected President of the Quincy Association of REALTORS® in (1985 & 2007); and was honored by the Q.A.R. with “Realtor of the Year” award in 1990 and the “Outstanding Career Realtor” in 2004. Rick is experienced in residential and commercial sales and leasing; with an added background in the Management and Rehabilitation of rental property. He served as a commissioner (and Chairman) of the Quincy Housing Authority (for over 17 years) -a governing body providing oversight to over 300 subsidized housing units; which functions to insure the availability of clean, safe and affordable housing for low-income residents in our area. Rick previously held (for nearly 10 years) a “Pre-license Instructor” license; which allowed him to teach the necessary coursework for those seeking to join the Real Estate field.