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Preparing Your House for Sale

This list will help you home show Better than other competing listings

EXTERIOR

General

  • Clean off any dirt or mold – use a power washer, if necessary
  • Re-Paint, if necessary
  • Have the roof inspected the roof for leaks, missing shingles, low spots, flashing, etc. Repair
    as needed
  • Check doorbell operation
  • Clean the windows
  • Clean the front door, walls, porches, decks, and patios, and remove all knick-knacks
  • Replace broken screens, lamps, light bulbs, as necessary
  • Clean and check gutters for proper drainage
  • Install new Door mat’s

Landscaping

  • Remove anything that is unnecessary from the yard
  • The front of your property should be lush and green
  • Put down weed and feed for (weed killer)
  • Have any overgrown trees and bushes tried and cleaned out
  • Clean the walk ways
  • Manicure the lawn
  • New Black Mulch for flower beds and around trees
  • New Flowers will also help
  • The yard should look professionally maintained
  • No Cars in drive way during any showings

INTERIOR

  • Have the house totally cleaned
  • Remove all valuables
  • Place air freshener’s through out the house
  • Remove everything that you can and place in storage
  • Remove all family displayed photo’s (depersonalize the house)
  • Warm up the house with a couple plants
  • Make sure all lights work and are bright
  • Clean all ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Install new HVAC air filters and clean intake grates
  • Clean, paint or replace ac vents
  • Clean all mop boards

Walls

  • Fix any painting/picture holes and touch up paint
  • Make sure rooms are a neutral color and repaint if needed
  • Clean fingerprints off of light switches and walls
  • Clean all electrical outlets
  • Make any cabinet repairs needed

Kitchen

  • Check that all appliance ’s are operational
  • Remove and clean under stove, fridge, washer and dryer
  • Spruce up cabinets with furniture polish
  • Counter tops should be clean and shiny
  • Check all faucets for drips and under sink waterlines for leaks
  • Check hood vent operation and clean
  • Make sure Kitchen floor is as shiny as possible (wash and wax)
  • Sink should be clear of dishes and clean
  • Fridge should be clear of all stick on calendar’s, photos etc.

Ceilings

  • Check for any water stains, sheet rock damage and repair as necessary
  • Paint and touch up as needed
  • Remove all cob webs
  • Clean all crown molding

Carpets

  • Replace if worn looking, and use neutral colors
  • Have professionally steam cleaned
  • Have carpet stretched if needed

Bathrooms

  • Check for tub and sink proper drainage
  • Check for drips and under sink leaks
  • Clean mirrors, counter top, sink, tub, and commode. Remove any mildew.
  • Clean or replace caulk
  • Check cabinet and drawer operation. Repair as needed.
  • Remove everything from counter
  • Shine the floor (wash and wax)

Doors

  • Check all doors for squeaks and oil as needed
  • Check that all doors close properly
  • Check that all locks work
  • Touch up paint if needed
  • Check exterior doors as well

Windows

  • Check operation of all windows, fix as needed
  • Clean all windows and ledges
  • Open windows and clean the sills

Fireplace

  • Clean and put a couple of logs on the grate
  • Check screen and door operation
  • Remove the fireplace tools
  • Repaint if needed
      Garage
  • Clean and organize put everything you can in boxes
  • Check garage door opener operation and safety sensors
  • Make sure bulbs are bright
  • Wash concrete floor to remove any spots
  • Clean light switch cover
  • Move what you can to a storage unit

Attic

  • Clean and put everything in boxes
  • Check light operation
  • Clean whatever is possible
  • Check stair operation
  • Check for rodents, have professionally removed if needed