The effort put into repairing and cleaning your property is likely to be returned in a fast sale at an attractive price.
  • As buyers approach your property the first time, impressions are formed quickly.
  • Paint house - this can do more for sales appeal than any other factor.
  • Yard - Remove all toys, garbage, garden tools and other items from view.
  • Mow lawn and keep edged.
  • Close garage doors.
  • Put colorful flowers in front of house.

Often, while waiting to be let in, the first thing a buyer looks at closely is the front door.

  • Put new paint on the front door.
  • Buy a new door mat.
  • Buyers take a close look at the basement of a home. They will look for bad wiring, leaky pipes and signs of decay.
  • Clean out basement and dispose of everything you are not going to move.
  • Ensure that there is plenty of lighting.
  • Sweep or vacuum floor.
  • Stack items neatly against walls.
The kitchen is often the most important room in the house. Make it bright and attractive.
  • Put a vase of fresh flowers on the table.
  • Replace curtains or clean existing ones.
  • Remove appliances from counters.
  • Create a pleasant fragrance in the kitchen (i.e. vanilla, cinnamon).
It is important that bathrooms are clean, bright and smell fresh.
  • Install a new shower curtain and replace worn throw rugs.
  • Polish all fixtures.
  • Open windows.
  • Hang bright, fresh towels.
  • Remove stains from toilets and bathtubs.
  • Use air freshener.
  • Display colorful soaps.
The living room
  • Clean out the fireplace and place logs in it.
  • Polish all woodwork.
  • Put big furniture in storage so rooms are not cluttered or crowded.

Front Door:

Newly painted
Doorbell operating
Door brass polished
Hinges oiled

Exterior of House:

House recently painted
Gutters recently cleaned
Exterior lights operating
Missing shingles replaced
Moss removed from roof

Windows:

Window trims painted
Windows operating freely
Cracked windowpanes replaced
Windows washed

Driveway:

Resurfaced
Potholes patched
Recently sealed

Patios:

Wood stained or painted
Fencing secure

Lawn:

Lawn in good condition
Grass mowed
Edges trimmed

Trees/Shrubs:

Dead branches pruned
Dead shrubs replaced
Overgrown shrubs pruned

Entry:

Entry lights operating
Floors cleaned
Closet cleaned
Closet light operating

Living Room:

Recently painted
Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
Wallpaper secured
Woodwork repainted
Curtains/drapes/blinds cleaned
Drapes/blinds opened
Carpets cleaned
Furniture positioned to show space

Kitchen:

Sink free of stains
No dripping faucets
Appliances in good working order
Walls, cabinets free of stains
Countertops cleared and cleaned
Pantry neatly arranged
Pantry hardware replaced
Refrigerator defrosted

Family Room:

Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
Wallpaper secured
Woodwork repainted
Windows washed
Curtains/drapes/blinds cleaned
Windows operating freely
Drapes/blinds opened
Carpets cleaned
Hobby supplies put away

Bedrooms:

Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
Woodwork repaired
Wallpaper secured
Windows washed
Curtains/drapes/blinds cleaned
Floor waxed/refinished
Carpets cleaned
Beds made
Laundry put away
Floor free from clutter

Basement:

Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
No evidence of water penetration
Dampness removed
Cold water pipes covered
Dehumidifier installed
Sump pump installed
No musty odors
Drains cleared
Furnace cleaned
Storage neatly arranged
Excess storage removed
Floor swept
Light fixtures operating
Handrail secure
Stairway runner secure

Dining Room:

Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
Wallpaper secured
Woodwork repaired
Windows washed
Drapes/blinds open to view
Floor waxed/refinished
Carpets cleaned

Bathrooms:

Sink stains removed
Leaky faucets repaired
Grouting stains removed
All joints caulked
Missing tiles replaced
All fixtures operating
Floors cleaned
New shower curtain
All supplies stored
Guest towels

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