Preparing Your Home For Sale

Exterior – The condition of your home’s exterior is most important when it comes to Buyer appeal

  • House number should be easy to read
  • Lights on timers to ensure house is lit up after sunset
  • Eaves troughs, and down spouts in good repair
  • Garage/car port clean and tidy
  • Litter picked up
  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced
  • Doorbell and door hardware in good repair
  • Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.
  • Mow, edge and weed the lawn frequently until the home is sold
  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible
  • A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch
  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles
  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent
  • Fences should be mended and painted
  • Wash all windows inside and outside

Interior – Making your home a place that’s warm and inviting

  • Lights should be on and drapes should be left open during daylight
  • Heat set at a comfortable temperature
  • Fresh flowers/plants in various rooms
  • Chipped plaster and paint touched up and repaired
  • Doors and cupboards properly closed
  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired
  • Burned out light bulbs replaced
  • Squeaky doors oiled
  • Mirrors, fixtures, and taps cleaned and polished
  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair
  • Floors cleaned, garbage containers emptied
  • Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy
  • Valuable property out of reach, out of sight, or locked away
  • Pets absent, where possible, or contained during showings
  • All torn screens should be repaired or replaced
  • Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat
  • White or light pastels are the easiest to work with and they make your rooms look larger
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather
  • Air conditioner turned on in warm weather
  • Countertops neat and polished
  • Appliances cleaned


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