Getting 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.
  • 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.
  • Wash the windows inside and out.
  • Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.
  • Ensure walls and ceilings are painted a neutral color.
  • Repair cracks, holes and damage sheetrock, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
  • Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.
  • Shampoo carpets, use a cleaner/restorer on 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.
  • Up the wattage on lightbulbs, making sure of a consistent color temp throughout the house (I recommend Bright White)

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