Preparing Your Home to Sell

Here are a few proven, cost-effective tips that will help your home look its best:

Exterior

  • Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges, weed and edge gardens
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveway, pick up any litter
  • Repair gutters and eaves, touch up exterior paint
  • Plant extra flowers for color, or place potted plants beside the front door
  • Clean or paint front door, polish front door hardware, ensure doorbell works

Interior

  • Clean and tidy the entrance, clear stairs and halls, store all excess furniture
  • Brighten interiors with fresh, light-toned paint
  • Brighten rooms by installing high wattage light bulbs and turning them on
  • Shampoo carpets, clean and wax floors
  • Organize kitchen countertops -- removing appliances if necessary -- to make them look spacious
  • Clean kitchen countertops, cabinets, appliances, washer and dryer
  • Organize and clean out closets to make them look larger
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms, put out clean towels, minimize clutter
  • Clean mirrors and windows so they sparkle
  • Organize and clean garage and basement
  • Perform necessary minor repairs and touch-ups to walls, windows, fixtures, etc.

Tips For Showings And Open Houses

  • Be absent so buyers feel more comfortable making comments
  • Light the fireplace, open the drapes, play quiet background music
  • Keep pets outdoors

These are just a few ideas to get you started. I know what today's buyers are looking for and can provide more ideas that will maximize your home's appeal. Remember, a few easy and inexpensive improvements can produce big returns on your investment.