Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Selling

Get Your Home Ready To Sell

  • Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas. I personally use Fairway Lawns and they do a very good job for  me.
  • You should try hard to depersonalize your home so the buyer can place themselves in the home.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
  • Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.  Powew ashing s concrete front porch, sidewalks and driveway is very helpful.  You will be amazed as the change with removing mildew and dirt.
  • Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.  Look for mildew stains and use a power washer.
  • Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.
  • Wash the windows inside and out.  This allows more light to enter the room. Buyers like to see the light.
  • Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.  I would only do this for an open house. You can clean all other times.
  • Remove all the clutter from you closets.  This make the closet look larger.  Have space between the hangers.  You are moving to place some of you clothes in storage.
  • Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.  Buyers will prefer neutral colors.  No purple, orange, lime green, etc....
  • Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
  • Repair drippy faucets and shower heads. Unclog slow drains.
  • Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.  Here you might want to use a professional.
  • Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
  • Mend torn screens. Clean out all window seals.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
  • Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.  Very important to let the buyer know you're not trying to hide something.
  • Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).  Dirty appliances are a real turn off for buyers.
  • Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
  • Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
  • Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.