It’s important to get your property in the best possible condition prior to listing it.
The simple truth is that homes with great curb appeal, that are very clean, well maintained, and have pleasing decor, sell faster and for more money than homes that don’t measure up. We suggest working your way through this checklist to be certain you are presenting your home in its best possible light.
- Make sure your lawn is manicured. Fill in bare spots in your lawn with grass seed, and eliminate as many weeds as possible.
- Run the edger along the driveway and sidewalks for a clean line, and keep the driveway and walkways swept or hosed clean.
- Trim all shrubbery, remove dead branches from trees, and remove/replace any old or dying bushes.
- Thoroughly clean all your outdoor furniture, and touch up paint where needed. Dress your patios/decks up with some fresh flowers now that they are clean and inviting.
- Keep your front entryway super clean and freshly painted. This includes the front porch, pillars, stairs, and door. Once it is clean and painted, dress up the front door with a welcoming wreath or a new door knocker. A potted plant or two also dresses up the entry and makes a great first impression.
- Check that house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are all in good condition.
- Thoroughly clean all windows and screens, and re-caulk or repaint where necessary.
- Stand back at the street and take a good hard critical look at your property. Do the roof, gutters, downspouts, siding, and chimney look good? Would a good cleaning do them wonders? Are repairs in order? Get the cleaning, repainting, repointing and repairs done.
- Get rid of items taking up space in your garage. Buyers need to see that their cars will fit in the space. If you can’t part with your belongings, rent a storage unit for a few months while your home is for sale and take everything there that you don’t need right now.
- Thoroughly clean the walls, shelves and floor, and repaint where necessary. It’s not difficult or expensive, but having a freshly painted garage floor leaves an amazing impression.
- Ensure the garage door opener is working properly and put some WD40 on a squeaky door. Oh, and make sure the garage door has been thoroughly cleaned and windows washed.
- Determine whether you need small kitchen appliances, canisters and things that clutter up countertops. Put them away or pack them away. You will have much more usable counter space and buyers will notice.
- Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle! They should also be in good working order. Fix any faucet leaks and replace any damaged appliance knobs.
- If your cabinets are outdated, new hardware may make them look freshened up. For a small amount of money you can add an ‘updated’ look to your tired old cabinets.
- If you have ceramic tile, thoroughly scrub all the grout, or paint the grout if it is beyond cleaning. Home Depot sells a great grout pen that we recommend. Soft Scrub used with a stiff brush produces good results as well. Professional cleaning may be in order.
- Thoroughly clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
- Replace shower curtain and bathroom rug with something fresh and tasteful.
- Fix any faucet leaks or drips.
- Check the caulking around the tub and shower and replace with fresh caulking where necessary.
- Pack away all seasonal clothing. Neatly store in boxes in the basement, garage or rent a storage facility. Remember that closets are never “big enough”, and the least amount of items that are taking up space, the larger your closets look.
- Organize your clothes and shoes neatly on bars and racks. The more organized and clean and better!
- Doors and drawers should open and close easily. Make sure all tracks are clean and free of obstacles, and any squeaks are oiled.
- Check all the basics around the house . . . all doors, windows and cabinets . . . to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are loose, and that all the hardware is in good condition.
- Apply fresh paint where needed. If a room needs re-painted, use neutral-toned paint to brighten up the space. We can help you choose a color!
- Carpets, draperies, and furniture should all be clean and looking their best.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs.
- Clean your furnace and water heater, and replace furnace filters as needed. All buyers are looking at these things and are impressed by a home that shows good care and maintenance.
- Does your home smell pleasant? Place diffusers or air fresheners with a pleasant and mild scent around your home. Vanilla is always a good choice!
Well, we hope this list is helpful in getting your home ready to sell. Give us a call and we’d love to assist you. There’s truly a difference when you partner with the Maves Group! Let us show you why…