Making sure that your home is ready to show is essential. Here are some tips to get you started.

On the outside…

  • • Make the exterior a lasting first impression
  • • Keep the lawn trimmed and edged.
  • • Weed and cultivate flower gardens.
  • • Trim shrubs and eliminate dead trees or branches.
  • • Pick up any debris, toys and lawn equipment.
  • • Repair any fences and gates and give them a fresh coat of paint or stain if necessary.
  • • Have the exterior clean and attractive, the roof in good repair, and the gutters and downspouts in good condition.
  • • Have the exterior, driveway and sidewalk professionally washed.
  • • Replace any cracked windows and torn screens.
  • • Make the entrance-way clean and inviting.
  • • Be sure the doorbell works.
  • • Wash down the mailbox and porch light, sweep the porch.


 

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On the inside…

  • • Make your house sparkle and shine
  • • Walls should be clean and free of smudges, fingerprints and dents.
  • • Consider a fresh coat of paint, if a good washing doesn’t work.
  • • Inspect woodwork and wallpaper for areas that need attention.
  • • Arrange furniture to make each room appear more spacious and attractive.
  • • If a piece of furniture is badly worn, store it temporarily in the attic, basement or at your neighbor’s house.
  • • Wash windows and sills until sparkling clean.
  • • Curtains and drapes should be freshly laundered.
  • • Shampoo rugs and carpets.
  • • Floors should be waxed.
  • • Repair loose doorknobs, sticking doors and windows, and warped kitchen drawers and cabinet doors.
  • • Fix leaky faucets and eliminate stains on sinks and counter tops.
  • • Tighten loose stair banisters and be sure steps are free of objects.
  • • Light fixtures should be in good repair.
  • • Replace discolored or cracked switch and outlet plates.
  • • Clean out closets to display their roominess.
  • • Be sure clothes are hung neatly and shoes and other objects are tidily arranged.
  • • Bathrooms should be sparkling clean with no stains or mildew.
  • • Repair the caulking in tubs and showers.
  • • If necessary, replace shower curtain and set out fresh towels.
  • • Bedrooms should appear neat with attractive spreads and curtains.
  • • Remove any clutter (including wall posters) from kid’s rooms.
  • • Use packing boxes to clean up the basement, attic and garage.
  • • The kitchen should be especially clean and dishes put away.
  • • Clear the fireplace of ashes.
  • • Make sure the garbage is always taken out
  • • Helpful Hint: Something fresh baked always makes your house more attractive during a showing.
     
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