Selling Tips

Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for sale:

  • Cut the lawn; if you normally cut the lawn every two weeks, cut it every week during the listed period
  • Edge the lawn, up the driveway and along the sidewalks (both front and back) for a finished appearance
  • Trim all shrubbery and remove low lying tree limbs
  • Fertilize your lawn to make your grass look lush and green
  • Paint any trim work which is blistering
  • Plant flowers in the front yard
  • Repaint or restain the front door to create a pleasant first impression
  • Replace torn screens from windows and front and back doors
  • Paint only the rooms that really look finger-painted, worn or faded
  • Have the wall-to-wall carpeting and/or draperies cleaned
  • Fix any dripping faucets; perhaps only a washer is needed
  • Replace old caulking around the bathtubs; this can be done with one new tube of new caulking and a putty knife
  • Spray lubricant on all squeaky doors, windows, closets and cabinets
  • Place solid deodorizer in each room and closet
  • Store out-of-season clothes so the closets don’t have a cluttered look
  • Remove items in the garage and/or basement against the walls to show maximum floor space
  • If there are too many appliances on the kitchen counter, put some of them away to expose maximum counter space
  • Pre-pack items which may clutter your home – extra toys in your child’s room and knick-knacks may actually make your rooms appear smaller
  • Clean your home top to bottom; a professional cleaning service can do this for you; charges are minimal when you consider how much more appealing your home will become
  • Wash windows; clean fans and ventilating hoods; clean and polish floors
  • Remove stains from toilets, tubs and sinks