Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate

Get Your Home Ready To Sell

  • l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.
  • l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
  • l 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.
  • l Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.
  • l If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • l 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.
  • l Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.
  • l Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • l Wash the windows inside and out.
  • l Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
  • l Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.
  • l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
  • l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
  • l Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • l Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
  • l Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.
  • l Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
  • l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
  • l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
  • l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
  • l Make sure every light switch works.
  • l Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.
  • l Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
  • l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
  • l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
  • l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
  • l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
  • l Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
  • l Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
  • l Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
  • l Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
  • l Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.
  • l Play pleasant music at low volume.