Preparing Your Home

checklistWith buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.

Here are some suggestions that will help you get top market value:

General Maintenance
• Oil squeaky doors
• Tighten doorknobs
• Replace burned out lights
• Clean and repair windows
• Touch up chipped paint
• Repair cracked drywall
• Repair leaking taps and toilets

Spic and Span
• Clean washer, dryer, and tubs
• Clean furnace
• Clean fridge and stove
• Clean and freshen bathrooms

The First Impression
• Clean and tidy entrance
• Functional doorbell
• Polish door hardware

Curb Appeal
• Cut lawns
• Trim shrubs and lawn
• Weed and edge gardens
• Pick up any litter
• Clear walk and driveway of leaves
• Repair gutters and eaves
• Touch up exterior paint

The Buying Atmosphere
• Be absent during showings
• Turn on all lights
• Light fireplace
• Open drapes in the daytime
• Play quiet background music
• Keep pets outdoors

The Spacious Look
• Store excess furniture
• Clear counters and stove
• Make closets neat and tidy

• Shampoo carpets