Preparing Your Property for Sale

Before putting your home on the market, it’s important that you make it as attractive as possible for potential buyers. This can mean making any major repairs, cleaning and organizing rooms, repairing appliances, and improving curb appeal. Here are my top tips for dressing your house for success:

  • Remove all unnecessary clutter from your house and yard.
  • Do not leave important documents lying around (mail, financial statements, etc.).
  • De-personalize the space. Put away family items and photos.
  • Lock all guns, jewelry, medicine, and cash in a safe or store them offsite.
  • Do any minor repairs (squeaky doors, loose knobs, frayed cords, etc.).
  • Repair any loose posts, railings, or hand rails. 
  • Look for any chipped or peeling paint, and repair as needed.
  • Wipe down walls and repair any holes or paint as needed.
  • Dust wall hangings, shelves, ceilings, and fan blades. Remove any cobwebs.
  • Clean air conditioner vents and replace filters.
  • Make sure you have remotes for the AC and fans.
  • Clean and polish all appliances and furniture. Repair any appliances that aren’t working.
  • Straighten all rugs and floor mats. Clean or replace carpets. Shine and wax wood floors.
  • Wash all mirrors, windows, and screens. Keep window treatments consistent.
  • Test all window and door locks. Make sure you have all keys. Test your doorbell. 
  • De-clutter closets, and clear tables and counter tops. Keep children’s and pet toys neat.
  • Eliminate any bad odors. Use air fresheners or bake cookies before showings. 
  • Clean light fixtures and replace burned out light bulbs.
  • Remove all dishes from the kitchen sink. Clear and wipe down the refrigerator.
  • Clear the dining room table. Consider simple place settings or a fresh flower centerpiece.
  • Dining room chairs should match and be placed neatly around the table.
  • Make the beds and put laundry away. Dirty laundry should be stored in a closed hamper.
  • Keep the laundry room neat and clean. Clean the dryer vent.
  • Caulk tubs and sinks in the bathroom. Fix leaky faucets.
  • Check for mold, and if any is found, have it removed by a professional ASAP. 
  • Clean out the garage. Throw away any old paint cans or construction materials.
  • Pressure clean the outside of the house. Clean outside gutters.
  • Have your septic tank pumped.
  • Mow the lawn. Weed garden beds. Trim hedges. Plant flowers in front of the house.
  • Secure fences and repaint if necessary.
  • Neaten outdoor furniture and put away landscaping equipment and pool toys.
  • Wrap up hoses. Remove empty planters.
  • Clean or cover barbecue. Put away grilling tools.
  • Replace your front door mat and mailbox if they’re old.
  • Clean the pool and ensure it’s in working condition.
  • Put garbage cans away when not in use.
  • Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the road.