Preparing Your Home For Sale

Mow and edge the lawn regularly, and trim the shrubs.  Curb appeal is so very important as your first impression.

                                     Make the front sparkle!!
 

    • Make your entry inviting:  Paint your front door and buy a new front door mat.
       
    • Paint or replace the mailbox, if needed.
       
    • If screens or windows are damaged, repair or replace them.
       
    • Repair or replace worn shutters and other exterior trim.
       
    • Make sure the front steps are clear and hazard free.
       
    • Make sure the doorbell works properly and has a pleasant sound.
       
    • Ensure that all exterior lights are working.  Though most visits are during the day, an interested buyer will often drive the area at different times of day.  And you want everything in working order for the inspection.
       
    • Check stucco walls for cracks and discoloration and repair as needed.
       
    • Remove any oil and rust stains from the driveway and garage floor.
       
    • Clean and organize the garage, and ensure the door is in good working order.
       
    • Repair or replace loose knobs on doors and cabinets.
       
    • If doors stick or squeak, fix them.
       
    • Shampoo carpeting or replace if very worn.  Clean tile floors, particularly the grout.
       
    • Brighten the appearance inside by painting walls, cleaning windows and window coverings, and removing sunscreens (store them in a safe place).
       
    • Repair leaky faucets and caulking in bathtubs and showers.
       
    • Make sure toilet seats look new & are well attached. Be sure toilet is tightly attached at the floor.
       
    • Repair or replace loud ventilating fans.
       
    • Replace worn shower curtains.  Keep used towels out of the bathrooms and hang new attractive towels to match the curtain.  I have found hanging used towels on hooks in the closets works well.
       
    • Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear larger.  If possible, remove and/or store excess furniture, knick-knacks, toys, etc….  de-cluttering is a very important process.
       
    • Remove clutter throughout the house.  Organize and clean out closets and pantry.  You are moving, now is a good time to start packing items you can live without for a few months.  Label boxes well in case you need something prior to unpacking.
       
    • Make sure all kitchen appliances are clean in and out and work properly.  Clear the counters.
       
    • Avoid extension cords in plain view.
       
    • Keep washer and dryer clean, keep the laundry area organized and tidy
       
    • Check the pool and/or spa equipment and pumps.  Make sure all are working properly and that the pool and/or spa are sparkly clean at all time.
       
    • Air conditioners/heaters, evaporative coolers, hot water heater/s should be clean, working and inspected if necessary.  Replace filters.
       
    • Inspect fences, gates and latches.  Repair or replace as needed for good structure, good looks, and good operating order. 
       

First impressions have a major impact on potential Buyers.  Try to imagine what a potential Buyer will see when they approach your house for the first time and walk through each room.  Ask your Realtor for advice; they know the marketplace and what helps a home sell.  Here are some tips to present your home in a positive manner.  Most or all of these things should be done prior to marketing your home.  Use this as a check list and cross them off as they are completed.