CLEAN! CLEAN! Have the carpet shampooed; wax the floors, wash the walls, windows, blinds, drapes and lighting fixtures. Consider engaging a cleaning service, recognizing that it is a justified moving expense.
KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS Clear off counter tops. Leave your canisters and little else. Maximize the available counter space. These rooms should be gleaming. If unsightly, have the tub re-caulked and remove mineral deposits and grime from the shower walls. Clean the stove, microwave and refrigerator.
PRIMARY STORAGE AREA Like the garage, its time has come to be liberated. Remember, you can do it now and benefit with a more attractive home on the market, or you can do it several months from now when there is no advantage. Do it now.
REPAIRS Identify and repair dripping faucets, sticking or creaking doors, etc. When people see areas of disrepair they begin to wonder whether there can be unseen problems.
CLOSETS Remove out of season clothing.
Organize your clothing and the shoes on the floor. Remove all clutter from cabinets and closets.
FURNITURE The less furniture, the larger a rooms appears to be.
A LIGHT APPEARANCE As a rule, do everything to lighten the appearance of the home. Raise the blinds, open the drapes and use light colors. Repaint any room beginning to look shabby.
Walk the property with a pad and pencil. List anything that you think is less than satisfactory without regard to cost or time. You can review the list after wards to determine what you can and can’t repair.
THE HOUSE Take a close look as you walk the property. Clean anything that looks unkempt or dirty; repair or replace anything that looks loose, dingy, rusted or broken. Make sure the door bell works. Replace a tired looking mail box; clean the exterior light fixtures and wash the windows. Try to spot hanging or rusty gutters, crooked antenna, loose shingles or shutters.
THE YARD Turn and weed the beds; trim the trees and shrubs. Lay in ground cover. Mend the fence, fix the gate latch. Pick up litter. Consider a landscaping/lawn service.
OUTDOOR FURNITURE Examine and spot paint your outdoor furniture. If it’s rusty or not repairable, consider disposing of the pieces.
FRONT ENTRY It’s the first thing your Buyers see as they stand and wait for the door to open. It’s worth the extra effort to spruce it up.
THE GARAGE The time has come. Discard virtually everything in the garage that hasn’t been used for a year. Wash it down.