Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate

Get Your Home Ready To Sell - Inside and Out

♥  Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.

♥  Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

♥  Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral  shade if there is peeling paint.

♥  Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.

♥  If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

♥  Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise,    keep the walks and driveway swept.

♥  Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.

♥  Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.

♥  Wash the windows inside and out.

♥  Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.

♥  Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.

♥  Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.

♥  Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

♥  Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.

♥  Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.

♥  Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

♥  Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

♥  Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.

♥  Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.

♥  Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

♥  Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

♥  Make sure every light switch works.

♥  Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.

♥  Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.

♥  Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

♥  Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

♥  Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

♥  Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.

♥  Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.

♥  Place fresh flowers throughout the house.

♥  Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.

♥  Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.

♥  Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.

♥  Play pleasant music at low volume.