Getting Your Home in Top Selling Condition
• Drive up to your home and look at it from afar. Look at it through the eyes of buyers.
• Check the shingles – repair or replace damaged shingles.
• Clean and repair the gutters.
• Clean and repair the HVAC units.
• Repair broken windows and shutters. Replace torn screens. Make sure frames and seams have solid caulking.
• Repair or replace door knobs, doorbell and light fixtures if necessary.
• Remove all toys, equipment and litter.
• Remove cobwebs and nests.
• Remove mildew, moss and stains from the side of your home – use bleach. Remove stains from the walkways and driveway – use concrete cleanser and/or kitty litter.
• Repair and clean patio furniture and deck area. Remove anything that can’t be repaired.
• Make sure the spa and pool sparkle.
• Go around and touch up the exterior of your home with putty and paint.
• Clean or paint the front door and mailbox.
• Hose off the exterior of your home, especially around entrances. Use siding cleanser.
• Wash the windows.
• Wash your garbage can and put it in a place where it’s not the first thing potential buyers see when they drive up.
• Stack the woodpile neatly.
• Mow the lawn.
• Trim the trees and shrubs.
• Weed the gardens.
• Add colorful plants or foliage to fill in bare spots.
• Edge the gardens and walkways.
• Sweep the walkways and driveway.
• Replace doormats that are worn and torn.
• Shine brass hardware on the doors and light fixtures. Polish stained wood doors and trim.
• Drive up to your home again and look at it from the eyes of a potential buyer. Walk into your home as a potential buyer. Determine what kind of impression the walkways and entrances now make.
• Walk through your home. Store, give away, throw, or donate anything that you won’t need until after the move; e.g. furniture, knick-knacks, clothing, toys, equipment, appliances, worn rugs, papers, books, cosmetics, jewelry, games, CDs, etc.
• Walk through your home again, this time with some tools. Fix loose door knobs, cracked molding, leaky faucets. Remove cob webs.
• Replace worn or broken door knobs, cabinet fixtures, light fixtures, light switches, outlet plates, faucets and vent covers.
• Clean the fireplace.
• Clean the vents.
• Clean and organize your closets. Add extra space by storing or giving away items.
• Add a fresh coat of paint in light, neutral colors.
• Shampoo the carpet. Replace if necessary. Clean and wax the floors.
• Vacuum the window blinds, shades and drapes. Wash or dry clean curtains. Wash all the windows, frames and sills.
• Add dishes of potpourri.
• Remove all valuables, such as jewelry, artwork, knick-knacks, medications, cash, coin collections and so on.
• Open all the window shades to create a spacious and bright look.
• Put pet supplies and dishes in a place where they are not the first thing potential buyers see or smell when they walk into a room.
Living Room and Family Room
• Make these rooms spacious and inviting.
• Discard or repair chipped furniture. Replace worn rugs and pillows.
• Remove magazines, games, toys and so on.
• Make sure the entertainment center sparkles.
• Vacuum upholstery, drapes, pillows, etc.
• Clean out your china cabinet. Polish any visible silver.
• Put a lovely centerpiece on the table – treat yourself to fresh flowers. Set the table for a formal dinner to help potential buyers imagine entertaining there.
• Arrange furniture to create a spacious look.
• Remove games, toys, magazines, cosmetics, jewelry – especially on the nightstands.
• Replace bedspreads, quilts and pillow shams if they are worn or faded.
• Remove rust and mildew stains.
• Wash or replace shower curtains.
• Make sure everything sparkles – including grout.
• Replace worn rugs and towels.
• Make sure all appliances work.
• Throw or eat the foods that you’ve been storing for so long.
• Clean the inside of the refrigerator, stove and cabinets. Make sure everything is organized to create a spacious look.
• If your stove has electric burners, purchase new drip pans for each burner. Wash removable knobs in your dishwasher.
• Polish the cabinets with furniture oil.
• Make sure appliances, countertops and the sink sparkle. Install new faucets if necessary.
Attic, Basement and Garage
• Get rid of unnecessary items. Store or pack items you won’t need until after the move.
• Organize everything to create more floor space and make inspections easy. Put things on shelves or in matching boxes.
• Provide bright lighting.
• Clean all equipment and vents. Replace filters. Fix any insulation that might be showing.
• Take care of stale or musty odors. Open the windows, dust and wash the walls and floors, purchase room deodorizers.
When It’s Time to Show
• Make sure your property folder is out in the open. It should contain utility bills, an MLS profile, your Seller’s Disclosure, extra property flyers and extra business cards.
• Do a quick clean and vacuum. Air out your house. Dispose all trash.
• Put pets outside if it’s safe to do so.
• Turn on a radio with peaceful music.