THINKING OF SELLING? Get Your Home Show Ready!

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Get Your Home Ready To Sell

One of the most common questions I get at a listing appointment is "How Do We Get Ready?"  I've compiled a list of fairly easy ways to get your home SHOW READY!  The idea is "Less is More".  Declutter and make everything sparkle.  Sit back and wait for the offers to start rolling in :).

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 showerheads. 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.

Renail 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.