Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate


Here are some great ideas on getting your home ready for the market. Best place to start is with a good conversation with your Realtor. Your Realtor will give you advise on how to properly stage the home and which improvements will give you the highest return on your investment. 

 * Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.

 * Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

 * Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. 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 or free of ice.

 * Wash the windows inside and out.

 * Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.

 * Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.

 * Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

 * Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.

 * Repair drippy faucets and shower heads. Unclog slow drains.

 * Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or 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.