Get Your Home Ready To Sell
If you are selling your home and have questions about how to prepare your house, here are a few things to do that will help. You don't have to do them all, but the more you do the better your home will present to potential buyers.
Curb Appeal is important. This is your home's chance to give a great first impression.
- 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.
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles and 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 any 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.
The inside matters too. When a potential buyer enters believe it or not they like to ring the doorbell so make sure works.
You should also replace the doorbell button if it is old and worn. You should also
- 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.
- 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.
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