The yard should be neatly mowed, raked and edged.
Should be pruned and shaped to compliment the property.
Consider adding seasonal flowers.
be swept and washed to remove debris, dirt and stains. Cracks should be
repaired and patched.
Check the home for any needed maintenance just as a buyer would.
Repaint or touch up as necessary. You can't find a better investment
when you are selling your house! Don't let the outside turn buyers off
before the inside turns them on.
All doors and windows should be in good working order. Clean and paint
doors if necessary, wash all windows and replace any broken or cracked
window panes. Screens should be free of any tears or holes. Inspect
all locks to ensure that they are functioning properly.
Check for loose or missing shingles or tiles
When placing yourself in the potential buyer's shoes, you will want to
consider the overall atmosphere of your home. Keep color, lighting and
smell in mind as you go through the home. Create an atmosphere within
your home as one of shelter, a place that is safe and warm, and in good
A clean-smelling house creates a positive image in the buyer's mind. Be
aware of any odors from cooking, cigarettes, pets, etc. that may have
adverse affects on potential buyers.
Be cautious when selecting colors when painting or replacing carpeting.
The key is to promote your home to the largest segment of the buying
market as possible. Stay with neutral colors - let the new owner choose
their own color scheme.
Take advantage of natural light as much as possible by cleaning windows,
opening shades and drapes, etc. Add lamps and lighting where
necessary. Be sure that all fixtures are clean and have functioning
bulbs. Increase the wattage of the bulbs in the basement area.
Check for peeling paint, loose wall paper. Consider replacing unusual
or bold colors with neutral tones.
Clean all wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs. Clean and polish
linoleum, tile, and wooden floors.
Empty closets of off-season clothing and pack for the move. Organize
them to demonstrate the most efficient use of space. Leave as few items
on the floor or shelves as possible.
Arrange furniture to give the rooms as spacious a feeling as possible.
Consider removing furniture from rooms that are too crowded. Avoid
clutter. Pack up knick-knacks, both to protect them and to give the
room a more spacious feel if necessary, but leave enough items to give
the home a personal touch. Dispose of unneeded items. Store large
furniture if necessary.
Clean and polish all woodwork if necessary. Pay particular attention to
the kitchen and bath cabinets.
Cleanliness is the key! Make sure that all surfaces are spotless and
remove non-skid decals that are in poor condition. Replace worn or
dirty shower curtains, clean and repair caulking, and store all personal
care products out of sight. Repair any faucets that leak or do not
function properly. Clean off mineral deposits with vinegar or
commercial products. Clear off countertops. Clean and organize all
cabinets and drawers. Shampoo throw rugs. Consider bringing out your
best soaps and towels. Add a plant for color and freshness.
Sweep and clean the fireplace. Place a few logs on the grate to create
an attractive appearance. You are welcome to have a fire going during
showings; it creates a great atmosphere.
- Appliances and
Light Fixtures: Clean,
bright, sparkling and shiny!!
- Dining room:
Consider adding fresh or silk flowers, or setting the table with an
Avoid clutter. Store small appliances whenever possible to maximize the
appearance of work space. Clean and organize all storage space. Sinks,
cabinets, appliances and counter tops should be clean and fresh.
Sweep and wash the floor to remove dirt and stains. Organize tools,
garden equipment, bicycles, etc.
Items not included
in the sale:
Remove (and replace if applicable) any items that will not be included in
the sale of the property, such as light fixtures.