The average list price in West Newbury is up 13% over last year and the absorption rate of 4.7 indicates that it is still a seller’s market, but the market is beginning to normalize. New construction is driving up home supply, but the demand is up significantly for established neighborhoods. There are great opportunities for buyers and sellers alike in West Newbury.
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Cindy & Steve Sauter
1. Check your Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home forms the first impression a prospective buyer will have. Stand in front of your house and view it as though you were the buyers.
Ask yourself the following questions…..
Is the yard mowed, weeded, trimmed, and watered?
Do the front door, trim and windows need painting or washing?
Is there a new welcome mat on the front porch?
Can I read the house number clearly?
Are the windows clean-inside and out?
Are there damaged windows or missing screens?
Are there extra vehicles in the driveway?
Are fences and gates in good condition?
Are the rain gutters, siding and roof in good condition?
2. Highlight the Kitchen
Place a bowl of fresh fruit
Put seldom-used small appliances in cupboards
Inspect cabinets for scratches and grime
Clean counters completely – no knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
Leave a maximum of one small appliance on counters
Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
Remove dishes from sink
Deodorize garbage disposal, dishwasher and trash cans
Fix leaky faucets and caulk
3. Exterior Photo Prep
Close garage doors
Remove cars from driveway
Landscape (mow, trim, shrubs, clear leaves, etc.)
Fill planters with fresh flowers
Remove visable water hoses
Stow away toys, balls, goals, etc.
Stage your front porch
Tidy tables, chairs, cushions
Remove trash cans
Turn on fountain / water feature
Remove toys, balls, goals, etc.
4. Make the Bathrooms Sparkle
Place soaps, bath oils and thick towels in bathrooms scrub and polish all sinks and tubs
Purchase new (neutral / white) shower curtains and rugs
Repair missing grout and tiles
Clear bathroom countertops completely: no soap, toothbrushes
Remove all medications from your home
Put toilet seats down
Remove shampoo, soap and loofahs from bathing area
Put out new unused towels
Remove floor mats
5. Create Neutral and Welcoming Living Areas
Create a clean, organized entry
Remove clutter such as stray newspapers and magazines
Clean all light fixtures and replace dull lightbulbs
Repair wall and ceiling cracks
Scrub, wax, or seal floors
Make sure carpet is clean
6. Don’t forget the Garage
Your garage floor doesn’t have to be boring concrete. Punch it up by adding colorful grid-lock tile or a shiny concrete stain.
Keep toxic chemicals out of reach.
Paint/repair garage door(s)
Dust off or wash cars, lawn mowers and tools
And (of course) declutter!
7. Interior Photo Prep
- Remove (don’t eliminate) family photos
- Turn on all the lights
- Use pops of color (flowers, fruit, pillows)
- Set the scene (an open book on the chair)
- Invest in new bedspreads, pillows, throws
- Open all the shades and remove old draperies
- Rearrange (or remove) furniture to give the illusion of more space
- Walk through the entire home and look for obstacles to clear sight lines