Doors: Make sure the front door is in good shape. It is a large part of making a good first impression for your potential buyer. Repair as needed.
Landscaping: Look at exterior grading. Does it taper from the foundation to provide for adequate drainage? Surface water and water penetration can be of great concern and lead to larger issues if left unattended.
Trees and Bushes: Tree limbs overhanging can cause damage to roofs and siding. Trim and shape bushes. Weed as needed.
Painting: Make sure paint is in good shape on the exterior, including windows, trim, decks, railings and other exterior painted areas.
Garage Door: Close garage door for showings.
Gutters and Downspouts: Check downspouts to insure they are attached for proper drainage. The gutters should be clean and free of debris so it can adequately carry water away. Debris will shorten the life of gutters, as well.
Driveways: If your driveway is Asphalt, reseal if needed.
Heating: Check your furnace, if applicable. Replace with a fresh clean filter.
Note: Buyers will appreciate copies of current heating bills for them to review.
Central Air Conditioning: Systems with Compressors should not be tested if the outside temperature has not been 60 degrees F. for at least 24 hours before testing. A compressor in the Midwest region has an average life expectancy of 10-15 years.
Baths: Clean grout in all tiled areas. Apply a fresh bead of caulk around tub to provide for a good watertight seal. Clean and polish vanities to help restore them, if needed.
Windows: Replace any missing locks or missing hardware. Clean windows help your home show better. During showings open drapes and window coverings; a bright well lit homes shows best.
Kitchen: The kitchen is often the most important room in your home for your new Buyer. Most Buyers will return to the kitchen to ponder their decision to make an Offer on the home. De-clutter areas such as counter tops, above cabinets, as well as any Pantry or cabinets, including under the sink. Secure any loose hardware or replace missing knobs.
Pets: Be sensitive to any odors in the home. Odors can play a large role in selling your home. Pets have been known to get nervous during the home selling process. When possible, many owners will try to remove pets during showings.
This is only a brief list of tips designed to help you sell your home faster and for top dollar. We recommend that you do a review of the entire Interior and Exterior to try to see your home through a potential Buyers eyes. Your Broker is knowledgeable and an excellent resource to also offer any suggestions. Call us anytime; we want to help. http://www.weinspectrealestate.com 800/540-1400