Fully preparing your home for sale can make considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessary repairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.
Outdoors __ Spruce up gardens and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants. __ Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape. __ Clean or paint your front door - remember first impressions last longest! __ Manicure your front yard, driveway and entry - you can’t sell what you can’t see.
Exterior __ Check that door numbers, mailbox, and exterior lighting are all in good repair. __ Touch up with fresh paint as needed. __ Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage. __ Repair loose trim, drainpipes and fencing. __ Clean stains; clean window screens.
Garage __ Remove clutter; tidy up shelves. __ Wash floor so it looks clean and spacious.
Living Areas __ Apply fresh paint as needed…brighten your interiors with neutral-toned paint. __ Clean draperies and carpets. __ Replace burned out light bulbs. __ Clean fireplace, remove smoke stains from wall and mantle.
Kitchen __ Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle without any clutter. __ Wax the floor. __ Clean oven, range and other appliances. __ Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.
Bathrooms __ Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces. __ Replace shower curtain if necessary. __ Fix any faucet drips or leaks. __ Clean tile, grout and caulking; replace if necessary.
Closets __ Doors and drawers should open and close easily. __ Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks. __ Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.
Overall __ Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are too loose. __ Clean your furnace & water heater, so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.