To help maximize the selling price of listing your home effectively, here is a proven list of items and a few things to keep in mind.

Print this list out to help you.

EXTERIOR:

It’s all about curb appeal! More than 50% of all houses are sold before the buyer(s) get out of their cars. Stand across the street from your house and review its curb appeal.

     Sweep or blow off all walkways

     Remove newspapers, bikes, toys and any yard tools or equipment

     Keep your garage door closed

     Park extra cars away from the property

     Trim shrubs and trees

     Apply fresh paint throughout

     Clean windows and window coverings throughout

     Make sure all plumbing and appliances are in working order

     Make sure all sealants (window, tub, shower, sink, etc.) are in good condition

     Make sure roof and gutters are in good condition and clean; no repairs needed

     Make sure lawn doesn’t look like it needs mowing, plant flowers and spruce up mulch or refresh beds etc. with new mulch

     Keep outdoor pet areas clean and any pet droppings picked up

INTERIOR:

   Kitchen and bathroom should be spotless

   Close all toilet lids

   Quick once-over with the vacuum; all carpets should be clean – Shampoo if necessary

   Add air Fresheners / Plug-ins

   Keep trash cans empty

   Place fresh flowers in the main rooms

   Put dishes away, unless setting a formal display for decoration

   Get rid of anything you don’t need or use, or store it off-site

   Make sure all beds are made and all clothes put away

 Drapes should be opened and lights turned on for a brighter welcoming feel

   Straighten up closets

   Put all toys away

   Make sure television is turned off

   Play soft music

   Keep pets out of the way. Pet areas should be clean and odor-free

   Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medication, and other valuables

   Enhance the spaciousness of each room

   Pack away collectibles so potential buyers can envision their own furnishings in the home

REPAIRS:

   Repair Leaky faucets

   Repair broken window screens

   Repair appliances that are not working

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Potential buyers usually feel more comfortable if the owners are not present.
  • If people unaccompanied by an agent request to see your property, please refer them to your real estate professional for an appointment.
  • Leave a number where you can be reached if you are leaving town, even for a weekend.

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