Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Here is an exhaustive list of ideas to prepare your home to sell at top dollar:

-Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any 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 your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.

-Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.

- If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

- Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.

- Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.

- Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.

- Wash the windows inside and out.

- Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.

- Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.

- 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 dripping faucets and showerheads.

- Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

- Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

- Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.

- 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.

- Make sure every light switch works.

- Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.

- Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.

- 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.

- Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.

- Place fresh flowers throughout the house.

- Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.

- Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.

- Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.

- Play pleasant music at low volume.

Give me a call ifyou are thinking of selling. I offer a free market analysis of your home and will be honest about the work needed.