Prepping Your Home for Sale

    Prepping Your Home for Sale

    Jun 05, 2019

    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 necessary repairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.

    Outdoors

    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

    Clean or paint your front door - remember first impressions last the longest!

    Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter

    Exterior

    Check that house numbers, mailbox, and exterior lighting are all 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

    Living Areas

    Apply fresh paint as needed... think about brightening your interiors with neutral-toned paint

    Clean carpets

    Replace burnt out light bulbs

    Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle

    Clean window coverings

    Replace damaged window blinds

    Kitchen

    Sinks, appliances, and counter tops should sparkle; remove any clutter

    Clean the 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 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

    Garage

    Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves

    Clean the floor

    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 and water heater so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained