PREPARING YOUR PROPERTY
Fully preparing your home for sale can make a considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessaryrepairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.
- Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants.
- Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape.
- Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter.
- Check to make sure the house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are in good condition.
- Touch-up with fresh paint as needed. Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage.
- Repair loose trim, drain pipes and fencing.
- Clean stains and window screens.
- Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.
- Clean the floor.
- Apply fresh paint as needed.
- Think about brightening your interiors with neutraltoned paint.
- Clean draperies and carpets. Replace burned out light bulbs.
- Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle.
- Remove any clutter.
- Wax the floor.
- Clean the oven, range and other appliances.
- Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.
- Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
- Replace shower curtain if necessary.
- Fix any faucet drips or leaks.
- Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary.
- Doors and drawers should open and close easily.
- Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks.
- Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.
- 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 the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle.
- Clean your furnace and water heater, so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.