- Curb Appeal — a neat tidy front lawn is important. Cut the grass, & trim the shrubs.
- Plant extra flowers with lots of color
- Spruce up your landscaping with fresh mulch
- Remove all dead limbs and debris from yard
- Arrange all outdoor items neatly
- Clean, paint or stain the front door & porch for a fresh look
- Check to see if the garage or back doors need any work; freshly painted doors & trim look best.
- Replace faded house numbers if applicable w/ new shiny ones; this also includes faded or worn numbers on mailbox
- Repaint if needed worn gutters; at least clean all gutters
- Replace any screens that are missing or damaged
- Make sure that entry lights on porch and house work properly and have fresh bulbs.
- Make sure the doorbell works
- Clean out garage and other storage areas including all closets
- Move out excess furniture so it feels spacious
- You can really brighten things up with a fresh coat of paint in very neutral colors
- If blinds are damaged replace them with inexpensive ones.
- Wash all windows & mirrors
- Have carpets cleaned
- Have any drapes dry cleaned
- Clear all small appliances, dish racks, and other items off kitchen counters
- Clear off pictures and magnets from refrigerator.
- Put a plant or fresh flowers on kitchen counter
- If shower curtains are worn; purchase new ones w/ rugs; you can always take them when you move; it just freshens up the rooms
- Change filters in the HVAC
- Caulk any areas in kitchen & baths that need it
- Don’t be home during a showing; leave at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled showing. If you arrive back home & potential buyers are still there– drive around!
- Make your home as easy as possible to show! Do your best to always allow showings; this could be your buyer!
- Give your home a welcoming aroma; bake cookies when time allows prior to showing. Don’t use candles; people think you are trying to cover up something.
- Turn off the T.V. and radio as it distracts the buyers.
- Turn on at least one light in each room. Play with lighting prior to any showings to see what illuminates the home the best.
- Turn on front porch light, even in the daytime.
- Put out your best towels & fresh soap for baths & kitchen prior to showings.
- Don’t show your home to people who stop by. Take their name & number and tell them you will have your REALTOR contact them. Doing otherwise could lead to a dangerous situation, take it seriously!
- Keep your home ready to be shown and be prepared. There is a chance that a Realtor will have a client in the area and didn’t pull your home up on the MLS, but now the buyer wants to see it. Let them show even if you think it is a mess!
- Price your home right the first time! MLS studies show that homes sell in the first 30 – 60 days on the market when priced correctly! If the home doesn’t have any showings within the first 2 weeks of being on market, it may be necessary to lower the price.