Thinking of placing your home on the market?

Dahlonega Real Estate Agents – REALTORS – FMLS and MLS Listings.  Buy and sell homes and land in Dahlonega.  Short walk from historic Dahlonega Square.

Preparing your home for sale can be an overwhelming process. Many times sellers focus on items which are quite expensive, and they ignore other less expensive tasks and improvements which an make a difference in the perceived condition of the property.
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Following are some suggested often overlooked items.

Do not underestimate the value of the main entry door – Doors provide character and set the tone for the first impression. Paint or change out the door to enhance character.

Make sure the driveway and areas for parking are adequately maintained and access is as good as possible. Inconvenient/overgrown/tight areas are cause for buyer concern.

If your door lock is broken or on the verge of breaking replace it. You do not want the showing to be diverted due to the lock not opening.

Lighting is important. Natural light is optimum. Make sure all windows have been washed, and window treatments should remain open to allow the light to filter through.

Make sure all light fixtures have working bulbs in them. Leave a supply of bulbs in the home so they can be replaced when necessary.

If you have an odor in the home, do not mask it – take care of it. Plug ins and air fresheners are fine to freshen the air in a closed up home; however, when used to mask odors they do not always work. Too much of a floral – fruity odor can actually draw attention to other odors.

Make sure all doors and windows open and close properly.

If downspouts are dropping water at the foundation invest in a splash pad or extend the gutters with drain pipe to direct it way from the foundation.

Tighten any loose doorknobs, cabinet handles, cabinet doors, and stair railings.

Look under faucets for any leaks and replace fittings as appropriate.

Remove clutter in the home. Clutter can not only make rooms appear to be smaller, it can also distract buyers from focusing on how they might use the room.

If you do not have a termite bond on your home, it would be a good idea to have a pest control company come and do an inspection to see if you have termites.

Clean out your gutters.

Touch up paint inside and outside where needed.

Wash all countertops and ovens.

Remove debris from crawl spaces, and install a plastic vapor liner.

Clean your carpets and replace as necessary.

Trim shrubs

Seed/aerate/fertilize and manicure your lawn.


If you are considering listing your home in the near future, we would be happy to come by and share some thoughts about how you can best prepare your home.

Please consider us when you are ready to list your home.  We would welcome an opportunity to earn your business.

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