Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

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1. Plan Ahead
Walk through each room and criticize the home from a buyer's perspective.
Ask Me, your local real estate professionals for advice, I’m happy to help!
Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don't need.


2. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize
Thoroughly clean the entire home.
Scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Clean hardwood floors.
Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing carpet if stains are prominent.
Get rid of all dust bunnies.
Repair cracks and holes in the walls.
Paint interior walls
Remove excess and oversized furniture.
Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and pet items.
Remove family photos, personal collections and medications.
Remove items from the garage and store them off site.
Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry.


3. Maximize Curb Appeal Power wash the siding and windows.
Inspect the roof and make repairs as needed.
Repair cracks in the driveway and sidewalks.
Sweep the entryway and walkways.
Mow the lawn.
Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.
Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.
Store any toys or equipment lying on the yard.
Clean up pet droppings.
Clean the gutters and downspouts.


4. Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms Mop and wax/polish the floors.
Clear the countertops.
Replace outdated hardware.
Clean appliances and fixtures.
Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.
Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs.
Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.
Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
Hang fresh towels.


5. Appeal to the Senses Bake cookies
Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.
Turn on all the lights.
Open windows to let in fresh air.
Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.
Turn off TVs.
Refrain from smoking in the home.


6. Show Off Your Home's Best Features Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.
Pull back drapes to showcase nice views.
Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants.
Make sure fireplaces are in working condition.
Clean the backyard and pool area.