Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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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.
  •  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.