Get Your Home Ready To Sell
When the time comes to sell your home, you'll want to talk to an expert in Real Estate to help guide you with your preparations. Here is a good list to start with:
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.
Remove oil stains from driveway and garage as best you can. 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 walls and ceilings as necessary. Usually the best colors to use are neutral - like off white or beige.
Repair any cracks or damage to interior walls. Brush up trim paint. Repair any kitchen or bath tiles if broken.
Replace any damaged windowpanes, mend torn screens, repair moldings and other woodwork in the home as necessary.
Check for any plumbing issues and repair drippy faucets and shower heads. Unclog slow drains.
When it comes to your floors, you should shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.
Clean out the fireplace and think about having your flue inspected by a licensed chimney expert.
Replace burned-out light bulbs and try to use LED brighter light bulbs.
Lubricate squeaking doors with hinge oil. Clean cobwebs from corners and doorways (check the bulkhead too).
Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven). Try to put the best shine on all your appliances.
Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains and repair any toilet tank issues.
It's a good idea to wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs for a "clean" feel.
Ask your trusted local REALTOR for additional preparation tips.