Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Home Improvement

Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.
Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
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.
Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.

If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
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.
Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.
Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.

Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.

Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.
Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
Wash the windows inside and out.
Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.
Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.

Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
Make sure every light switch works.
Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.

Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
Play pleasant music at low volume.