Tips for Sellers

Real Estate Agent with King Realty Group

Make a good first impression

In today's age of consumerism, every buyer is comparative shopping. Make a small investment in time, money and effort to give your home a solid advantage over competing properties.


Pay attention to detail now because first impressions count with buyers. You only have one chance and it starts with what often referred to as "curb appeal".  Some tips to create a better curb appeal are:


Create A Buying Mood. 

  1. Turn on lights.
  2. Turn on air conditioner/heater.
  3. Open the drapes.
  4. Light the fireplace.


Exterior Appearance
  1. Keep lawns cut.
  2. Trim hedges and shrubs.
  3. Weed and edge gardens.
  4. Clear driveway and clean up oil spills.
  5. Clean out garage.
  6. Touch up paint.
  7. Make repairs where needed Create Space.
  8. Clear halls and stairs of clutter.
  9. Store surplus furniture.
  10. Clear kitchen counter and stovetop.
  11. Clear closets of unnecessary clothing.
  12. Remove empty boxes and containers.


  1. Repair leaking taps and toilets.
  2. Clean furnace and filters.
  3. Tighten doorknobs and latches.
  4. Repair cracked plaster.
  5. Touch up paint.
  6. Clean and repair windows.
  7. Repair seals around tubs and basins.
  8. Replace defective light bulbs.
  9. Oil squeaking doors.
  10. Repair squeaking floorboards.


Squeaky Clean
  1. Clean and freshen bathrooms.
  2. Clean fridge and stove (in and out).
  3. Clean around heating vents.
  4. Clean washer and dryer.
  5. Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds.


At The Front Door
  1. Clean porch and foyer.
  2. Ensure doorbell works.
  3. Repair screen on door.
  4. Fresh paint or varnish front door.
  5. Repair door locks and key access

Comments (3)

Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Hi Ashley,

Everything that you mentioned is of absolute importance when selling a house.  If I might add one thing further it would be to create that "wow" factor that will emotionally engages the prospective buyer.  That can be done through color, style and placement of furnishings.  It should begin at the front door (planters with greenery or colorful plants, porch furniture if there is a porch) and extend into the foyer and adjoining rooms.

It's all about the emotional impact!


Mar 29, 2007 12:37 PM
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Ashley, great information, I hope a lot of the public sees this post.  Good one.
Apr 10, 2007 08:34 AM
Patty Luther
RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

I also hope much of the selling public will see your tips!   

Dec 26, 2009 02:47 PM