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