A checklist of items that should be completed, if
they apply, prior to the first prospective buyer arriving to view your
- Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at
first sight. A well manicured lawn, neatly clipped shrubbery, clean walks and
driveways create a good first impression.
- Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks unsightly
or keeps light out of the house.
- Paint your home if necessary. This can probably
do more for sales appeal than any other factor. If you decide against painting,
at least consider painting front shutters and window frames.
- In the winter, walks and driveways should be free
of snow and ice.
- Inspect the roof and gutters. Any missing
shingles to replace? Gutters and down spouts in place? Need paint or
- Pick up the yard of toys, debris and other
unsightly items in the yard.
- In the summer, spring and fall consider putting
flowers outside the front door.
- Repair broken outdoor steps and
- The kitchen is the most important room in the
house. Make it bright and attractive. If dull, paint cabinets, put up new
curtains and make it smell good. Bake items or light candles.
- Clean the ventilating hood in the
- If the kitchen floor is badly worn, put down new
flooring. If a single tile is loose, apply heat to the tile with an iron
covered with a soft cloth to soften the adhesive, then replace the
- Remove any appliances that you keep on your
counters, like toaster, coffee maker, can opener, etc. Clean counters to make
the room look larger.
- Repair dripping faucets.
- Keep fresh towels in the bathroom.
- Use special cleaning products to remove stains
from toilets, bathtub and showers.
- If sink and bathtub drain too slowly, unclog
- Have all plaster in top shape. Cracks
(nail-pops, visible seams, etc. in drywalls) are easy to fix.
- Check ceilings for leak stains. Fix the cause of
the damage. Repair the ceiling and repaint.
- In painting and redecorating avoid off-beat
colors. Stick to conventional white outside and easy to work with neutrals
- Faded curtains or bedspreads can be dyed bright
- If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay
some logs in it to make it look inviting.
- Wash windows.
- Replace broken glass.
- Mend torn screens.
- Check to see that all windows will open and
- Replace burned out light bulbs. Use brighter
- Be sure every light switch works.
- Make the floors shine. Clean and polish them.
Have the carpets cleaned. Nail down any creaking boards or stair
- Straighten up the closets. Get rid of excess.
Use room deodorants to eliminate musty orders. Lubricate any sticky or
Basement, Attic and Garage:
- Clean out attic, basement, and garage and dispose
of everything you are not going to move. Package everything you won't need
until you are settled in your new home.
- Make sure there is plenty of light on the stairs
to the basement.
- If your basement is dark and gloomy, paint
ceilings and walls a light color.
- Repair cracks in the basement floor with ready
- Wipe off furnace and hot water heater