Get Your Home Ready To Sell
~ 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.