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.