Home Selling Tips

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Real Estate

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 the 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.
  • Wash the windows inside and out.
  • Clean walls, floors, inside closets, and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
  • Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement, and attic.
  • 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.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
  • Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash, and wax wood floors.
  • Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
  • Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
  • Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
  • Make sure every light switch works.
  • Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.
  • Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
  • Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
  • Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
  • Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
  • Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
  • Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
  • Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
  • Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
  • Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
  • Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.
  • Play pleasant music at low volume.