Buyers for your home will want to come on a moment’s notice. If you’re not ready, they may forget your home. Be prepared!
Clean sells…get rid of the clutter. Give the whole home a fresh look and smell. Do not use the plug in fresheners – you’re not covering up smells. For goodness sake, empty the cat box.
Make your home picture perfect. Rearrange your kitchen drawers, cupboards, and countertop so that when your buyer comes looking things don’t fall out of the cupboards and the stuffed drawers don’t drag out things when opened. Go ahead and line up your spice cabinet so the jar labels are in alphabetical order. Put your plates in order; mugs with handles all on the same side. Dust off the top of the fridge.
Hang up the clothes in your closet. Arrange the shoes. Hide the dirty laundry – better yet, keep it washed. Make the bed so it looks nice and clean too.
Clean all the windows and mirrors, shower doors. Touch up the grout in the tile – kitchen and bathroom. Keep the trash in these rooms emptied.
If your dog lies against a wall often enough to get animal oil on it, clean and repaint it. Same with the claw marks on the doors. Make sure the pet door is working and can be secured.
You may want to give your pets a stay at the pet resort while trying to sell your home.
Straighten the media, books and movies. Dust the shelves.
Hire a professional to clean the carpets.
Clean up the clutter in the garage. Find an alternative spot to place the gas powered tools and toys, so the garage doesn’t smell like a gas can.
If all this seems overwhelming, perhaps you should consider hiring a home staging company to do it for you.
Trim your shrubs. Mow that lawn. Repair the sprinkling system, or get a hose caddy to hide the garden hose. Get rid of that outdoor woodpile
In addition to doing the cleaning, doing some of those small repairs that you have put off for so long will contribute to the salability of your home. Here’s a partial list of things to do:
- Replace all non-working light fixtures or bulbs
- Replace any cracked or not matching receptacle and switch plate covers
- Leaky or corroded faucets
- Balance all ceiling fans – install missing blades
- Adjust doors that close on their own
- All drawers and cupboards have pulls
- Security system should be wired completely or removed completely
- Make sure the door bell works and has a button, not two wires
- Broken windows or torn screens
- Replace a cracked, dented or missing dryer vent cover
- Fix the window blinds
- Replace missing shingle tabs
- Repair disconnected downspouts or hanging gutters
- Fix doors, doorknobs, locks that stick or don’t work easily and quietly Adjust gates that drag the ground
- Repair non-closing breaker box door
- Redo hanging or dragging cable wires
- Paint any bare wood on the home’s trim
Remember, you’re going to be on pins and needles for a few days or weeks while your home is being shown to potential buyers. So the more you do to get your home in shape, the less you’ll worry about what the buyers think and talk about while touring your home.