Your Home Ready Inside
Look at your home as though you are seeing
it for the first time. Is every room neat,
spotlessly clean, dusted and uncluttered?
Steam clean carpets and wax floors. Wash
walls, windows, and light fixtures. Liquid
Gold all trim and wood surfaces. Tighten
loose stair railings. Call me if you would
like to use a professional cleaning service
These rooms should gleam! Clear off counters.
Clean all appliances and fixtures. Replace
chrome burner plates on the range. Scrub
floors and walls, repaint if necessary.
Re-caulk tubs and showers. Clean thoroughly
and be sure these rooms smell fresh.
Rearrange or remove furniture to make your
rooms look more spacious. Pack away knick-knacks
from end and coffee tables-- one or two
items per surface are plenty. Contact me
to help you “Stage” your home for sale!
Remove out-of-season clothing. Take those
things to Goodwill now that you’ll have
to discard anyway when you move. Organize
shelves, straighten shoes. Be sure sliding
doors operate smoothly in their tracks and
knobs on drawers are secure.
Dust/wash off lint from washer and dryer.
Remove stains and mineral deposits from
furnaces, even dust/wash off the furnace
and hot water heater.
Do everything you can to brighten the interior.
Replace dim bulbs with bright ones, replace
wallpaper with off-white paint, and repaint
shabby or dark walls. Open the blinds, replace
broken windows and window seals. During
winter, maintain a comfortable temperature
even if you are away for an extended time.
Your Home Ready Outside
Look at your exterior as though you were
driving up for the first time. Remove any
debris, repaint/restain where necessary;
if you have a seldom-used car or motorhome
on the lot, store it somewhere else. In
summer, trim bushes and mow/weedwhack the
grass around your home. In winter, be sure
your drive and walkway to the front entry
are free of snow.
Clean, straighten and repaint if necessary.
Tighten loose railings. Arrange the patio
furniture and toss old rusty items
First impressions really do count. Be sure
the front door and screen are in good repair.
Sweep away pine needles and cobwebs. We
tend to overlook this area when we don’t
enter our home through the front door.
The presence and/or odor of a pet should
be avoided. Even a friendly dog’s barking
may frighten a buyer. If you can’t remove
your dog, can you confine him to the garage
or dog run? Cats and cat boxes may bring
tears to the eyes of the buyer (due to allergies,
not fond feelings.) Be sure litter boxes
Do these things now and get the benefit
of enhanced appeal to buyers. Since buyers
tend to “horriblize” every minor flaw, minor
repairs preformed now will deter niggling
later on. The dollars you spend will repay
Up Every Room
Check counters, floors, closets, halls,
stairs, and make beds. Straighten or remove
newspapers, magazines, mail, toys, clothing,
recreation gear, snack glasses and dishes
Even during the day, especially in halls
and dark areas. Don’t forget closets and
Be sure they are open all the way to promote
views and allow more sunlight in.
Clear all counters, wipe down counter and
appliances, put all dishes in the dishwasher.
Clean the sink and run the disposal. Best
to smell fresh or like chocolate chip cookies
were just baked
Straighten washcloths and towels, even replace
with fresh, attractive ones if possible.
Clean and wipe down counters and sinks.
Air out if mist lingers from a recent shower.
Must smell fresh, not like deodorant
It is best for you not to be present during
showings. Buyers talk and look more freely
when you are gone, they feel like intruders
and uncomfortable when you are there. If
you get caught at home during a showing,
don’t attempt to show your home: you may
inadvertently disclose a compromising fact
or you may bore the buyers with information
they are not interested in and lose enthusiasm.
Let the agent sell your home. Even though
it sometimes seems the agent couldn’t sell
ice water in the desert, bite your tongue.
Agents sometimes find buyers wish to discover
the ambiance of homes on their own rather
than have amenities pointed out.
The purpose of my marketing materials at
your home is to answer questions a typical
buyer asks. Please review the buyer packet
when they first come and let me know about
any inaccuracies. If you run low (don’t
wait until you are completely out), let
me know. And if the sign outside begins
to lean, let me know. I will attend to your
requests right away
these tips will improve your chances for
quick sale. Contact me if I can answer any