450 Ideas to Help Your Home Sell Faster

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine


  1. Be sure your lawn and shrubbery are kept trimmed at all times. Consider removing overgrown trees and shrubs that hide the house from the street.
  2. Keep the garage doors down, Energy-efficient double glazed windows can benefit your property. 
  3. For a touch of color, have seasonal flowers growing in beds and containers.
  4. Make sure your driveway is in good repair. Pressure wash concrete drives and walks to remove stains and car drippings, and put a fresh coat of sealer on asphalt drives.
  5. Make sure patios and decks are clean and in good repair.  Replace any rotten wood and nail down loose boards on decking or steps; pressure wash if needed.
  6. Garage sale time! Clear out everything you don’t intend to keep and tidy up what’s staying.  Make sure garage doors and openers are in proper working order.
  7. Check all railings and fencing to make sure it’s in good repair and freshly painted.
  8. Pay special attention to the area around your front door; make sure your doorbell works, clean all cobwebs, leaves, and other debris that may have accumulated there. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint if needed; color is one of the most cost practical fix up items you can do.
  9. Check for broken windows, leaking seals on thermopane windows; replace if necessary.
  10. Clean all the cobwebs from around the front door.  Make sure all outdoor lighting (especially front porch) is clean and shiny; replace if necessary. The entrance to your home must make an excellent first impression on prospective buyers.  This sets the tone for the whole showing.
  11. Check your mailbox. Is it straight and upright? Is it neatly trimmed around?
  12. Before you start indoors, walk across the street in front of your house and look back (like a buyer will see it).  Does it present an appealing appearance?


  1. Start by walking through the house and making a list. Do your carpets need shampooing? Do floors need a fresh coat of wax? Dust all ceiling fans, especially the blades and wash light fixtures.
  2. You’re going to have to pack when you move anyway, so go through all your closets and pack up everything you don’t need for the next couple of months. A cabinet with only a few neatly arranged items creates an impression of abundant storage space.

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Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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