Preparing Your Home For Sale
A clean, neat home in need of few or no repairs will sell faster, and at a higher price, than one that is showing wear and tear. To give your home its best possible presentation, perform a mini-makeover or have your home professionally staged before it`s shown to potential buyers.
As your agent, I can do a walk-through with you and share some simple ideas of how your home can show at it`s best. We also offer professional staggers for assistance if needed.
Here is a list of tips that will help you make your home more attractive. It may not be reasonable to do them all, but a few that are bold are the simplest improvements that make the biggest difference in how your home will show.
Some of the items below will be part of a buyer`s inspection and may need to be repaired or replaced as part of the transaction. As your agent, I will discuss these important items with you to help make a well informed decision.
Repair and Cleaning Checklist:
- Clear gutters and downspouts.
- Make sure there is good exterior lighting and all walkway lights and front door lanterns work.
- Mow and trim grass; re-seed and fertilize where necessary.
- Prune all overgrown trees and shrubs, especially if they are blocking great views!
- Remove or replace dead or diseased plants, shrubs and trees.
- Clean grease and oil stains from driveway.
- Paint or stain worn areas in wood decks.
- Polish the hardware on the door until it shines.
- Add a fresh coat of paint to get rid of nicks.
- Clean the glass on the storm door; make certain the screen is secure.
- Make sure the doorbell operates properly and there are no squeaks when the door opens and closes.
- Clean all windows-inside and out. Professionally cleaned if possible.
- If needed, add a fresh coat of paint to the window trims and sills.
- Make sure all windows and sliders open and close easily.
- Replace cracked windowpanes and those with broken seals.
- Make sure window screens are secure; replace any screens with holes or tears.
- Clean entryway floors and area rugs.
- Downsize clutter in entry closet to give the appearance of spaciousness.
- Double check all lighting to make sure it is operating and replace bulbs as needed.
- Give the room a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
- Repair cracks and holes in ceiling and walls.
- Open and clean blinds or shutters to maximize light.
- Remove uneeded shutters if they block views.
- Steam-clean carpets if needed to remove any stains or odor.
- Position the furniture to showcase the size and space of the room.
- Remove and replace any attached items, such as chandeliers, fans and draperies that you wish to move with you.
- Put away toys and hobby supplies; remove extra magazines and books from tables.
- Make sure countertops and sinks are clean and stain-free.
- Fix dripping faucets.
- Organize pantry and cupboards so they appear clean, neat and spacious.
- Make sure the refrigerator and freezer are defrosted and free of odors.
- Clean the oven and cook-top thoroughly.
- Make sure sinks, tubs, showers and countertops are clean and clutter free.
- Repair any leaky faucets.
- Remove grout and soap stains from tile.
- Replace any missing or cracked tiles or grout.
- Make sure all joints are caulked.
- Make sure all fixtures, including heat lamps and exhaust fans, are operating.
- Store all supplies like toilet paper, shampoo bottles and cleansers out of sight.
- Repair cracks in ceiling and walls.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint if necessary.
- Open shutters/blinds to maximize light.
- Put away toys, clothes.
- Neatly make up the beds.
- Plant flowers to brighten a walkway and enrich the entry.
- Hide or remove any indoor houseplants that are brown or losing their leaves.
- Discard the clutter of magazines on the coffee and end tables.
- Hide or get rid of worn-out throw pillows.
- Too much furniture can make a room appear small. Repurpose or place in garage or storage.
- At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting. Buyers often drive-by homes they are considering at various times of day.