First impressions are lasting impressions. When placing your home on the market for sale, you are competing with all other homes with similar price ranges. Make sure yours is the one to captivate potential buyers!
Outside Your Home
- Cut and water the lawn every week during the marketing period. Plant flowers.
- Edge the lawn up the driveway and along sidewalks for a finished appearance.
- Trim all shrubbery and remove low lying tree limbs.
- Fertilize your lawn to make the grass look lush and green, but do not over fertilize or you will burn the grass.
- Replace downed shutters, gutters, and downspouts. Remove any debris.
- Paint any trim that is blistering.
- Repaint or re-stain the front door to create a pleasant first impression. If a screen door is in place, make sure it is clean and in good condition.
- Remove all clutter and put away bicycles, toys, mowers, lawn tools, etc.
- Have your home washed down. There are services that will do this for you.
Inside Your Home
- Pull back curtains and provide plenty of lighting.
- Paint rooms that look fingerprinted, worn, or faded.
- Have the wall to wall carpeting and draperies cleaned.
- Fix any dripping faucets. Perhaps only a washer is needed.
- Replace old caulking around the bathtubs. This can be done with one tube of new caulking and a putty knife.
- Spray lubricant on all squeaking doors, windows, closets, and cabinets.
- Remove items from the floor of walk-in closets so that prospects have easy access.
- Stalk all items in the basement and garage against the walls to show maximum space.
- Vacuum the garage, basement, rafters, and all floors.
- If there are too many appliances on the kitchen counters, put them away to expose maximum counter space.
- Pre-pack items which may clutter your home. Extra toys in the children’s room and home decor may actually make rooms appear smaller than they are.
- Clean your home from top to bottom. A professional cleaning service can do this for you.
- Keep the home smelling fresh, but not overly scented.