Louis Kahn’s Esherick House in Chestnut Hill
- Routine Maintenance. These are all the little things that you’ve been happy to ignore, in fact you probably don’t even notice them anymore. Walk around, stand in front of your house and really look at it, take note of all the issues like the loose door knob that you’ve been happily ignoring for two years (or has it been more like three?). Buyers are brutal and they will eagerly point out ever little thing and then put a price tag on it. Remember, nothing sits on the market longer than a house that screams exterior neglect.
- Primp the Landscape. No need to spend a fortune but tidy it up and maybe add some interest. It can be as simple as sweeping the sidewalk and gutter, removing weeds from the cracks, scrub those marble steps and maybe even adding a few potted plants. And in the name of all that’s good and holy clean up your back patio / yard!
From the Facebook group Old Images of Philadelphia
- The Front Door. We cannot stress enough how important a good looking entryway is. This is almost always the first part of your home that a Buyer focuses on and also touches. Clean it up, paint it a bright warm color and make sure it is well lit. Think of it as a cover to a book and make it enticing!
- Unfinished Basement. Since you are already moving do the major basement clean-out before you put your house on the market. Make sure your basement is well lit, clean and tidy. If you have the typical old Philly house basement with that damp wet sock smell, invest in a dehumidifier. Maximize your chances of a sale with a basement that is dry, clean, and usable!
- Hide Unsightly Utilities. Try to disguise outside wall-mounted electric / gas meters, central air conditioning units, and trash cans. A well placed bush, planter, or trellis can make these necessities all but disappear. You don’t need to spend a fortune!
Buyers tend to pay more money for homes that are well loved so curb appeal is worth its weight in gold. Aim to gain the approval of even the most critical Buyers and you will be glad you did.