Get Your Home Ready To Sell; The Top 20 Things To Do:
1. Practice thorough yard maintenance.
- Make sure to weed out around any trees and garden beds to give your home a better curb appeal.
- Plant new shrubs or colorful flowers to give your yard an extra pop.
2. Reseal cracks in concrete areas.
- Cracks can lead to trip hazards if left un fixed
- Cracked concrete can also lead to unwanted weeds and plants growing out of them.
3. Power-wash the exterior.
- Be sure wash off any dirt or pollen that may have collected on the siding and shingles of your roof.
- Homes that appear to be freshly painted or cleaned well tend to draw in more buyers.
4. Clean and align gutters and downspouts.
- Clogged and sagging gutters may lead to more issues if left unkempt.
- Possibly think about installing clog free gutters to save you time and money from hiring someone to come and clean them.
5. Clean the chimney.
- Be sure that your chimney is free of debris and any soot that may catch fire.
6. Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.
- Make sure to use safe cleansers when washing driveway or garage floors, you don’t want anything harmful draining into the storm drain systems.
- Think about adding a coat of sealant to a garage floor to make for easy clean up if anything leaks or is spilled.
7. Sweep walks and driveway.
- Sweep loose gravel back to where it belongs
- Sweep back and bark or dirt into the grass or dirt, so it doesn’t track into your home.
8. Wash windows.
- Washing your windows inside and out gives your home that extra sparkle needed to catch a potential buyers eye.
- Try and use safe and non-toxic cleaners inside and outside of your home.
9. Thoroughly clean the interior.
- You want to be sure that your home is clean and tidy for potential buyers.
- You may be able to do most of it yourself, or if you are short on time, hiring a cleaning company to come in and clean for you is a good idea. Be sure to let the company know what you’re looking for, so that way they can cater to your exact needs.
10. Repair damage to all indoor surfaces.
- Fix any holes in walls or doors.
- Repair and counter surfaces that may need it.
11. Repair drippy faucets and showerheads.
- Try and replace failing faucets and shower heads with ones that are water efficient and eco friends to save potential buyers money on their future bills.
12. Unclog slow drains.
- You may or may not need a plumber for this task.
- Try using at home methods before calling out to a plumbing service.
13. Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum and wood floors.
- Potential buyers like to see clean freshened carpets along with all other floors in the home.
- Renting a carpet cleaner is a good idea if you’re looking to save some money. Hiring a company might also be a time friendly in the long run.
14. Clean out the fireplace.
- Any burned logs or ashes should be removed and disposed of properly.
15. Mend torn screens. Clean out window tracks.
- Cleaning out window tracks of any debris is a good idea; it will show that you pay attention to your home and its needs.
- Torn screens will not give your home good curb appeal; they can be easily repaired at home, or taken to a screening company in your area.
16. Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- No one wants to walk around in a poorly lit environment.
- To save money in the long run, switch to LED bulbs. They tend to last longer and are typically more efficient.
17. Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
- A creaky house could be left unsold.
- Replace any loose or damaged boards with new or refurbished pieces.
- Sticky and noisy hinges are no good, be sure to show them a little TLC also.
18. Clean all appliances.
- No one wants to see what may or may not be growing in your fridge; a thorough cleaning will be a nice thing to see when potential buyers pass through.
- Ovens, dishwashers and built in microwaves tend to be forgotten, so be sure to clean these as well.
- Be sure to check any filters in the home to see if they can be cleaned or need to be replaced.
19. Replace toilet seats and shower curtains.
- Replacing toilet seats is a good way to keep any kind of harmful bacteria away from potential buyers.
- Removing old shower curtains is a good idea, it leaves options open for new buyers to put their own touch on things.
20. Wash all light switches, handrails, walls and doorknobs.
- Using a cleaning tool such as a Magic Eraser will help you do this task in no time.