Preparing Your Home For Sale Checklist
1. The Yard:
___ Cut and edge the lawn2. Patios/Driveways/Fences:
___ Trim bushes and trees and remove all dead limbs and debris
___ Remove weeds
___ Clean up rock and rake as needed to make sure the rock covers the ground it's meant to cover.
___ Wash the driveway and all sidewalks and patio areas.3. The House:
___ Clean any stains
___ Make sure fence is in good repair. Paint/Stain/Repair as needed.
___ Spruce up the outdoor living areas with furniture and plants.
___ Make sure all lawn equipment and toys are stored out of sight.
___ Clean, paint and/or repair as needed any siding or stuccoTHE INTERIOR
___ Replace broken windows, doors and screens and make sure they all operate correctly.
___ Clean windows and screens thoroughly, inside and out.
1. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!
___ Clean the curtains, drapes, and blinds2. Closets
___ Clean the carpets. If carpet is badly stained, it may need to be replaced.
___ Clean tile and wood and laminate floors.
___ Touch up paint as needed or put a fresh coat on rooms that need it.
___ Remove wallpaper and borders if you can. These are very personal and buyers will see "work ahead" when they see wallpaper.
___ Repair damaged walls and ceilings, including holes, cracks and water stains.
___ Make sure all light bulbs are working so you can make it "light and bright"
___ Remove out of season clothing and add extra empty hangers3. Details
___ Leave only a few items on the floor of closets
___ Straighten up shelves and leave extra room on shelves.
___ Tighten loose door knobs, loose towel racks, and lubricate squeaky doors and drawers.4. Kitchen and Bathrooms
___ Fix leaky faucets and toilets
___ Arrange furniture to give an open, flowing feel. Remove any over-sized furniture to make rooms feel large.
___ Fresh flowers in vases are wonderful touches.
___ Hide prescription medication and all valuables.
___ Thoroughly clean all counter tops, appliances, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, tubs, and shower walls.5. Garage and Storage Areas
___ Store small appliances and nicknacks to open up counter space.
___ Clear off vanity counter tops and store all personal care items neatly.
___ Clean and organize drawers, cabinets, linen closets, and pantries.
___ Clean all tile grout and caulk. Re-caulk as needed.
___ Dispose of everything you are not going to move.
___ Arrange items neatly and clutter free
___ Remove stains and dirt from floor.
___ Wipe off cob webs and dirt from water heater, furnace, etc.
The last thing you need to do, and this may be the most important, is to give your house the SNIFF TEST. Pet odors and smoke odors can send a buyer straight back out the door before they get past your entry way. Thoroughly cleaning the home, painting when necessary, and cleaning or replacing the carpet and pad may be your only remedy. Sometimes a few plugs in are all it takes if the home is already clean and the odors are very mild.
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Listing information last updated on May 22nd, 2017 at 12:04pm MST.