Preparing Your Home for Sale

VIEW FROM ACROSS THE STREET

  • Healthy, trimmed lawn
  • Shrubs trimmed neatly trees
  • Shrubs trimmed to not touch the house
  • Fix broken driveway asphalt
  • Edge all walkways and driveway
  • Remove any loose items/clutter from grounds

HOUSE EXTERIOR

  • Clean siding
  • Touch up all exterior trim
  • Repair any gates or fence
  • Clean and align gutters and downspouts
  • Wash shutters
  • Wash all windows, storms and screens

FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE AREA -EXTERIOR

  • Clean front steps, porch as needed
  • Clean exterior light fixtures
  • Put welcome mat at entrance
  • Paint or wash storm door
  • Clean and wash front door


FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE AREA – INTERIOR

  • Clear interior entry area of all clutter
  • Wash, polish and replace bulbs in light fixture
  • Paint to lighten and refresh entrance area
  • Reduce volume, clutter in the front hall closet
  • Clean and polish the front entry floor
  • Remove fingerprints, scuff marks on trim, walls


MAIN ROOMS

  • Repaint or touch up walls, ceiling and trim
  • Repair or replace damaged molding and trim
  • Shampoo carpeting
  • Refinish, clean, wax floor

BEDROOMS

  • Repaint, re-paper, touch up walls, trim, ceiling
  • Organize and neaten all closets
  • Replace or clean drapes
  • Shampoo carpet or clean, polish floors
  • Clear off top surfaces of all bedroom furniture
  • Put all clothing away


KITCHEN

  • Paint walls, ceiling, trim white or light color
  • Remove wax, scrub, re-polish floors
  • Wash, wipe down, wax cabinets/appliances
  • Thoroughly clean range, ovens
  • Clean out refrigerator and wash interior
  • Empty dishwasher, clean around controls
  • Check operation of all appliances
  • Reorganize and clean out cabinets and drawer
  • Neatly arrange and display dishes in cabinets
  • Clear all clutter from counter tops
  • Check to see that drawers/doors open easily
  • Wash or replace curtains
  • Clean or put away pet feeding, watering dishes

BATHROOMS

  • Paint using light colors
  • Scrub tile, bleach, repair grout
  • Check to see that drawers/doors open easily
  • Clean, polish floor as appropriate
  • Clean out medicine cabinet, wash inside and out Seal around tubs and showers
  • Check for evidence of water at toilet base
  • Replace old toilet seats
  • Replace shower window curtains
  • Buy a set of new, color coordinated bath linens

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • Check operation of appliances and clean themClean and clear clutter
  • Provide adequate (bright) light to area


GENERAL

  • Remove clutter, papers, unnecessary items
  • Replace burned-out bulbs throughout the house
  • Clean out, sweep, organize garage
  • Organize basement and attic storage
  • Remove cobwebs from ceilings, corners
  • Replace switches and outlets that don’t work
  • Place colorful plants around the house
  • Remove paint splash on tile, floor, cabinetsWash, polish all door hardware, handrails
  • Reorganize, clean-out all closets