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Selling a House - Preparation Checklist - Part 2

Customers and readers who are considering selling a house often ask what preparations they need to make to ensure their house sells well.

Do you happen to like "Gostop"? In Gostop, you need to reach 3 points to make a decision to declare "Go!" or "Stop!" Yes, achieving 3 points is the basis of victory. Starting today, through this series, I will introduce the basics, corresponding to 3 points. Dare I say, additional decisions such as upgrading bathrooms or kitchens should be considered only after mastering these basics.

The most important point is to give the impression that "this house is well-maintained."

Even buyers with no prior knowledge of architecture can feel whether a house has been well-maintained or not at first glance. Naturally, if houses of similar size and price are compared, a well-maintained house tends to sell well.

Even if you've been neglectful of maintenance so far, before taking listing photos of your house, you should at least do the following:

  • Clean the vents of the house.

Especially in houses with central heating and cooling, there are covers resembling grills where air enters and exits. I recommend cleaning these surfaces and, if visible, the interior ducts as well. Since dust tends to accumulate heavily in these areas, having clean vents can differentiate your house from others.

  • Remove scars on the walls.

Fill in unused nail marks, small scratches, or marks caused by items rubbing against the wall with a compound and touch up with paint. Naturally, the house will look cleaner and better maintained.

  • Clean the exterior walls of the house.

On the north side of typical houses, there may be green moss due to lack of sunlight. By power washing, the house will look much better. Especially if you mix vinegar and water, it will be even more effective. Additionally, applying a product sold at hardware stores once every 1 to 2 years will prevent moss buildup.

In the next article, I will share a few more tasks to give the impression that the house is well-maintained.

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