preparing your home to sell

Your home has just one chance to make a great impression with each potential buyer. And it can!
The following "tricks of the trade" will help you keep track of what needs to be done. The whole idea is to
present a clean, spacious clutter-free home--the kind of place you would like to buy. Accomplish a little
everyday, and before long your home will be ready to make the impression that can make the sale.
Your Home’s Curb Appeal
□ Mow lawn
□ Trim shrubs
□ Edge gardens and walkways
□ Weed and mulch
□ Sweep walkways and driveway,
remove branches, litter or toys
□ Add color and fill in bare spots with
□ Remove mildew or moss from walls
or walks with bleach and water or
other cleaner
□ Take stains off your driveway with
cleanser or kitty litter
□ Stack woodpile neatly
□ Clean and repair patio and deck area
□ Remove any outdoor furniture which
is not in good repair
□ Make sure pool or spa sparkles
□ Replace old storm doors
□ Check for flat-fitting roof shingles
□ Repair broken windows and shutters,
replace torn screens, make sure frames
and seams have solid caulking
□ Hose off exterior wood and trim,
replace damaged bricks or wood
□Touch up exterior paint, repair
gutters and eaves
□ Clean and remove rust from any
window air conditioning units
□ Paint the front door and mailbox
□ Add a new front door mat and
consider a seasonal door decoration
□ Shine brass hardware on front door,
outside lighting fixtures, etc.
□ Make sure doorbell is in good
working order
General Interior Tips
□ Add a fresh coat of interior paint in
light, neutral colors
□ Shampoo carpeting, replace if
□ Clean and wax hardwood floors,
refinish if necessary
□ Clean and wash kitchen and
bathroom floors
□ Wash all windows, vacuum blinds,
wash window sills
□ Clean the fireplace
□ Clean out and organize closets, add
extra space by packing clothes and
items you won’t need again until after you’ve
□ Remove extra furniture, worn rugs,
and items you don’t use; keep papers,
toys, etc. picked up--especially on stairways
□ Repair problems such as loose door
knobs, cracked molding, leaking taps
and toilets, squeaky doors, closets
or screen doors which are off
their tracks
□ Add dishes of potpourri, or drop of
vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for
□ Secure jewelry, cash and other
The Living Room
□ Make it cozy and inviting, discard
chipped or worn furniture and frayed
or worn rugs
The Dining Room
□ Polish any visible silver and crystal
□ Set the table for a formal dinner to
help viewers imagine entertaining here
The Kitchen
□ Make sure appliances are spotless
inside and out (try baking soda for
cleaning Formica stains)
□ Make sure all appliances are in
perfect working order
□ Clean often forgotten spots on top of
refrigerator and under sink
□ Wax or sponge floor to brilliant
shine, clean baseboards
□ Unclutter all counter space, remove
countertop appliances
□ Organize items inside cabinets,
pre-pack anything you won’t be using
before you move
The Bathrooms
□ Remove all rust and mildew
□ Make sure tile, fixtures, shower
doors, etc. are immaculate and shining
□ Make sure all fixtures are in good
□ Replace loose caulking or grout
□ Make sure lighting is bright, but soft
The Master Bedroom
□ Organize furnishings to create a
spacious look with well-defined sitting,
sleeping, and dressing areas
The Garage
□ Sell, give away, or throw out unnecessary items
□ Clean oily cement floor
□ Provide strong overhead light
□ Tidy storage or work areas
The Basement
□ Sell, give away, or throw out unnecessary
□ Organize and create more floor space
by hanging tools and placing items on
□ Clean water heater and drain sediment
□ Change furnace filter
□ Make inspection access easy
□ Clean and paint concrete floor and walls
□ Provide strong overhead light
The Attic
□ Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing
□ Make sure energy-saving insulation is apparent
□ Make sure air vent is in working order
□ Provide strong overhead lighting
When It’s Time To Show
□ Make sure your property profile
folder, utility bills, MLS profile, house
location survey, etc. are available
□ Open all draperies and shades, turn
on all lights
□ Pick up toys and other clutter, check
to make sure beds are made and clothes
are put away
□ Give the carpets a quick vacuuming
□ Add some strategically placed fresh
□ Open bathroom windows for fresh air
□ Pop a spicy dessert or just a pan of
cinnamon in the oven for aroma
□ Turn off the television and turn on
the radio music at a low volume
□ Make a fire in the fireplace if
□ Put pets in the backyard or arrange
for a friend to keep them
□ Make sure pet areas are clean and
□ Make sure all trash is disposed of in
neatly covered bins
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