Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate

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.