Getting your house ready for sale

· A house that “sparkles” will sell faster than its shabby neighbor.

· A “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers.

· Buyers assume that what they can’t see is well maintained, if what they see is well maintained.

How Much Should You Spend?

As little as possible and get a good return on your money with minor inexpensive repairs.

Exterior

· Regularly trim hedges and flowerbeds.

· Keep the front door clean of sand and cobwebs.

· Paint the front door.

· Add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.

· Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.

· Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.

· Clean and align gutters.

· Inspect and clean the chimney.

· Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

· Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.

· Reseal old asphalt.

· Keep the garage door closed.

· Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.

Interior

You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects - so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

  • Clean every room and remove all clutter. You might need to rent a storage space.
  • Use a professional cleaning service.
  • Keep kitchen and bathroom counters free of personal things.
  • Clean out closets.
  • Kitchen and bathrooms should look as modern, bright, fresh, and clean and odor free.
  • Clean smudges of doors and walls.
  • Buy new towels for the bathroom.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • If necessary, repaint walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige.
  • The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness and fix any problem areas.
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.
  • Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.