Preparing to sell your Home

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Exterior

The condition of your home's exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal.

  • Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.

  • If your lawn shows no signs of life, a little fertilizer and some water will do wonders for its color.

  • Mow and edge the lawn frequently until the home is sold.

  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.

  • A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.

  • Replace missing shutters, gutters, and downspouts and remove any debris.

  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.

  • Cracks in the driveway and sidewalks can be easily repaired with ready-mix cement.

  • For excessive stains, there are easy-to-use cleaning agents at your home repair store.

  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.

  • Fences should be mended and painted.

  • Wash all windows inside and outside.  

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Living Area

Clean your home from top to bottom.

  • Repair any cracks or holes in walls and touch-up paint.

  • Doors should be cleaned and touched-up as well. All torn screens should be repaired or replaced

  • Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat. White or light pastels are the easiest for new homeowners to work with and they make your rooms look larger.

  • Have carpeting and draperies cleaned.

  • Carpeting should be vacuumed throughout the house the day your home is being shown.

  • If you have a fireplace, make sure all tile is in good condition, the screen is in good shape, and the hearth is clean.

  • Lubricate squeaking doors, windows, and cabinets.

  • Put deodorizers in each room and closet.

  • Store out-of-season clothes so closets do not look cluttered.

  • Pre-pack items, which may clutter your home and make rooms appear smaller.

  • A few colorful plants will help liven and add color to the interior.

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Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house.

  • Keep the counters clean and clear of appliances.

  • All appliances should be clean and neatly organized.

  • An open appearance with sunlight and green plants here and there will make the room a focal point.

  • Make it light and bright!

  • Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.

  • Clean and wax the kitchen floor. If the floor looks old and dull, consider replacing the flooring.

  • Clean fans and vent hoods.

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Bathroom

All bathroom appliances should be thoroughly cleaned.

  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.

  • Replace old caulking around bathtub and sinks.

  • Repair or replace leaky faucets.

  • Unclog and sanitize drains to remove odors.

  • Clean all mirrors.

  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed.

  • Fresh towels should be in the bathrooms at all times.

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Garage, Basement & Attic

Have a garage sale to dispose of any unwanted items.

  • Family heirlooms, which you will take with you, should be boxed and stored in the garage until you move.

  • Degreasers are available at your local home repair store to remove stains from the garage floor.

  • Remove any cobwebs.

  • If the basement or attic is a functioning part of the house, make sure the area is clean and in good repair.