There are so many things you can do right away to prepare for selling a home. Usually all those little jobs that have been put off over the years. I’ve put together a useful list to help you get started and prepare for your first open house.
Repair cracks, holes and chipped paint.
Tighten loose knobs, towel racks, switch plates and outlet covers.
Fix tight doors and windows, squeaky floorboards and loose stair banisters.
Repair caulking, clean around tubs and sinks, and fix leaky faucets.
Remove water stains if applicable.
Make sure windows are spotless.
Shampoo carpets where necessary.
Make sure all appliances and countertops are cleared and spotless.
Hide toothbrushes and everyday toiletries in containers under the sink.
Pack away and store, throw out or donate anything you don’t need.
Buyers will look inside your closets & cabinets:
Tidy cabinets and closets to the bear minimum of what you need.
Leave current season of clothing only. Store everything else neatly away.
Stow away books and knick-knacks.
Limit items stored on the floor or overhead in closets.
Clean and organize the basement, attic, and garage.
Hide or move freestanding bins (especially in kitchen) to inside a cupboard.
Remove mats and toilet seat covers from bathrooms and small rugs from hallways.
Remove and avoid displaying personal items.
Keep childrens toys to a minimum and any that are out try to keep in one small ‘kiddie area’.
Secure valuables or store them in a safety deposit box.
Make sure outside lights and doorbell work.
Open drapes and blinds.
If there are no windows in the room, make sure lighting is adequate.
Turn on all the lights, even during the day, including outside entrance, closet, basement and attic lights.
Clean windows and mirrors.
Create ambiance by setting up for a casual elegant dinner.
Display lightly scented candles for aroma, and add fresh flowers to your décor.
Turn off the television, stereo and radio (easy-listening music is OK).
Put pets out of sight or drop them off with friends.
Put out simple refreshments to keep visitors longer.