Your home is likely your largest asset. Proper planning and preparation can protect your investment and maximize the selling price.  It’s important to view your home through the eyes of potential buyers. First impressions are critical. The condition will have a direct impact on how well your home shows and how quickly it sells. As a convenience, we offer the following tips:

  • Pay attention to the landscaping.  Trim the lawn and shrubs, rake leaves, weed the flower beds, and sweep the paths.  Add some color with fresh mulch or simple plantings.
  • Keep the entrance and walkways clean and free of obstructions.  Shovel snow and treat ice depending on weather conditions.
  • Clean and organize the garage.  Keep trash and recyclables out of sight.
  • Thoroughly clean the entire house.  Clean out closets, restore the basement to a usable condition, and enlist the services of professionals to remove soils or odors.
  • Clean windows inside and out.  Make sure they open and close properly.  Replace torn screens and fix any broken glass.
  • De-clutter!  Put items in storage if necessary.  Closets, cabinets, vanities, and refrigerator, should be neatly organized to demonstrate their size and functionality.
  • Pay special attention to the kitchen.  The countertop should sparkle, floor needs to be clean, and keep the sink clear of dirty dishes.
  • Bathrooms need to sparkle.  Keep them clean and display fresh towels.  Repair loose caulk or grout and fix any faucets that leak.
  • Make the beds.  Pick up clothes, toys, and keep bedrooms clear of clutter.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs, check electrical fixtures, and make sure all outlets work.
  • Remove marks on walls and replace old wallpaper.  Simple paint touch-up can dramatically enhance the appearance of a room.
  • Evaluate the condition of your major systems and appliances.  Have your systems serviced by a professional and keep them clean.
  • Fix any items that you’ve been willing to live with but could be considered neglect by potential buyers.