Preparing Your Home for Sale

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Preparing Your Home for Sale


What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any hassles?  If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put the property on the market, you’ll be on your way to a successful sale.


Our goal is to simplify, depersonalize, and de-clutter the home in order for it to show larger and brighter, giving a more spacious feeling to potential buyers.  These steps will provide you with an advantage over the competition.  Many items will need to be removed to storage and packed for moving.  This is important and should be considered as merely giving you a head start on the move to your new home.





q      Start by airing out the home.  Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor.  Odors must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker.

q      If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned—or if they really need it—now is the time to do it.  Bare floors should be waxed or polished, as well.

q      Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors and cabinets with a wood maintenance product such as “Old English” or “Liquid Gold.”

q      Replace or clean A/C filters.  Clean all A/C vents and intake grids.

q      Keep A/C set no warmer than 75 degrees and heat no cooler than 70 degrees.

q      Use an air freshener in each room (Glade “Plug-ins” work well, but try to avoid floral scents as they can be too strong).

q      Eliminate all clutter!  As a rule, there should only by 1-3 items on any surface including Kitchen counters and walls.

q      Evaluate what furniture you really NEED to have and consider putting extra pieces in storage.  Remember, when buyers tour there will be 2-5 people walking through and the home will feel more spacious if they do not have to take turns getting through walkways.

q      Seriously consider a fresh coat of paint especially in the foyer and Living Room.  These are usually the first rooms that a buyer will see and you know what they say about first impressions!

q      Make sure each room has an obvious purpose.  If you use the Dining Room as an office, it is best to change it back. 








Lighting Comments:

q      Upgrade the wattage in all light fixtures to the highest level safety will allow.

q      Dust/Wash all light fixtures and fans.


Window Comments:

q      Dust blinds, windowsills, and plant ledges.

q      Remove any cobwebs inside and outside.

q      Clean interior and exterior of all windows and glass doors.

q      Take screens off before washing and leave off front of house.

q      Keep all blinds/shades pulled up/open and draperies removed to allow maximum light


q      Steam clean if not replacing.  If replacing, we can help you make choices that will be most appealing to buyers.



q      Clean all tubs, toilets, and sinks.  Then polish the sinks with lemon or vegetable oil.  Polish all hardware to a shine.

q      Stow unused shampoos, soaps, scrubbing implements, razors, etc. under sink.

q      Stow laundry hamper in closet.

q      Stow wastebasket under sink.

q      Rugs/commode lid covers should be removed.

q      Store cleansers under sink.

q      Streamline counter—1 or 2 decorative items only.

q      Linen cabinets should be organized and items reduced.

q      Use baskets to hold make-up and toiletries so that after use they can be stored under the counter.

q      Bathtubs, showers, and sinks should be freshly caulked.  The grout and tile should be clean and in good condition.  There should be no leaks in the faucets or traps


Kitchen Comments:

q      Keep all flat surfaces (countertops, appliance tops, and furniture) cleared off as much as possible.  Kitchen counters should have very little on them to show that there is plenty of available workspace.  Keep appliances stored when not in use. 

q      Go over the kitchen as if you were a health inspector.  Clean the oven, range (new drip pans) and the seal of the dishwasher door.

q      Remove all magnets, notes, pictures, etc. from front and sides of refrigerator.

q      Stow trashcan in pantry.


Utility Room:

q      Organize shelves and put away non-cleanser items.

q      Keep area clear of clothes.


Pantry/Closet Comments:

q      Thin all closets dramatically and organize remaining items neatly on shelves and be sure to allow space between hanging items.  At one very visible spot, leave space, so the rear wall of the closet/pantry will show when the door is opened.  Leave a small empty space on each shelf to show potential storage space.


Bedrooms and Living Areas:

q      Make sure that there is not too much furniture in a room.  Select pieces that look best and put others in the garage or storage.

q      Depersonalize your home by storing personal photos so that potential buyers may visualize their personal items in the home.  This is probably one of the most important things to a potential buyer!


Front Entry Porch:

q      Be sure front door area is clean and free of dirt, dust, cobwebs.

q      Repaint door and trim if not pristine.

q      Add new thick “Welcome” mat and keep it clean.

q      Make sure doorbell is working properly

q      Clean or replace any worn light fixtures.




q      Thoroughly sweep down all exterior sides of house and eaves to clean cobwebs and wasp nests.


q      Keep lawn mowed, weed-eated, and well-edged

q      Trim trees and shrubs.

q      Put fresh mulch in all flowerbeds.

q      If it is winter, keep the drive and sidewalk shoveled.

q      Clean out flowerbeds and invest in a few flats of colorful flowers.




q      Drastically clean and re-organize

q      Sweep and clean—remove all cobwebs and any oil or grease from floor.

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