Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate


How to Get Your Home Ready To Sell

* Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed 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 the exterior.

* Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.

* Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.

Wash the windows inside and out.

* Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.

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 drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.

Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.

* 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.

* Re nail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.

* 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.

Other things most people overlook:

* Make yourself flexible on short notice!  

Some buyers are on in a time crunch and getting your home exposed to the right buyers is huge. 

*Consider painting the wall to a neutral color. 

*Keep the decor simple! You want to let people use their imagination because everyone has different taste.