Selling: Tips for Selling Your Home

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The goal is to present a clean, spacious, clutter-free home – the kind you’d like to buy! Do a little each day and it will pay dividends.

Curb Appeal

  • Mow lawn
  • Trim shrubs
  • Edge gardens and walkways
  • Weed and mulch
  • Sweep walkways and driveways, remove branches, litter and toys
  • Add color and fill bare spots with plantings
  • Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach and water
  • Take stains off your driveway with cleaner or kitty litter
  • Stack woodpile neatly
  • Clean and repair patio and deck areas
  • Remove any outdoor furniture which is not in good shape
  • Make sure pool or spa sparkles
  • Replace old storm doors
  • Check for flat-fitting roof shingles
  • Repair broken windows/shutters, replace torn screens, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking
  • Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood
  • Touch up exterior paint, repair gutters and eaves
  • Clean and remove rust from any window A/C units or store them away
  • Paint the front door and mailbox
  • Add a new front door mat and consider seasonal door decoration
  • Shine brass hardware on front door, exterior lighting fixtures, etc.
  • Make sure doorbell is in good working order

General Interior Tips

  • Add a fresh coat of interior paint in light neutral colors
  • Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary
  • Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary
  • Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills
  • Clean the fireplace
  • Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after you’ve moved
  • Remove extra furniture, worn rugs and items you don’t use: keep papers, toys, etc. picked up, especially on stairs
  • Repair easy fixes: loose doorknobs, cracked molding, leaky taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closet or screen doors off their tracks, etc.
  • Add dished potpourri or drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent
  • Secure jewelry, cash or other valuables
  • Living Room
    • Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs
    • Consider packing away personal photos
    • Remove as much clutter as possible

    Dining Room

    • Polish any visible silver or crystal
    • Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here

    Kitchen

    • Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning formica stains).
    • Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order
    • Clean often forgotten spots on top of fridge and under sink
    • Wax or sponge floors to brilliant shine, clean baseboards
    • Organize item inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before your move
    • Keep counters as clear and empty as possible

    Bathrooms

    • Remove all rust and mildew
    • Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, are immaculate and shining
    • Make sure all fixtures are in good shape
    • Replace loose caulking or grout
    • Make sure lighting is bright, but soft
      Master Bedroom

      • Organize furniture to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas
      • Organize and minimize walk-in closet

      Basement

      • Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items
      • Organize and create more space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves
      • Clean water heater and drain sediment
      • Change furnace filter
      • Make inspection access easy
      • Clean and paint concrete floors and walls
      • Provide strong overhead lighting

      Attic

      • Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing
      • Make sure exposed insulation is visible and in good condition
      • Make sure air vent is in good working order
      • Provide strong overhead lighting

      When It’s Time To Show

      • Make sure all marketing materials are readily available
      • Open all draperies and shades, turn on all lights
      • Pick up toys and other clutter, check to make sure beds are made and clothes are put away
      • Give the carpets a quick vacuuming
      • Add some strategically placed fresh flowers
      • Open bathroom window for fresh air
      • Pop a spicy desert or just a pan of cinnamon in the oven for aroma
      • Turn off the TV and put on some light non-offensive music at low volume
      • Make a fire in the fireplace (seasonal)
      • Put pets in the backyard or arrange for a friend to keep them
      • Make sure pet areas are clean and 100% odor-free
      • Make sure all trash is disposed

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