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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Having trouble staying organized or figuring out where to start in preparing your home for sale? Do a brief inspection of your home inside and out and try to view it from a buyer’s perspective. You will be amazed how a little extra effort can make a big difference in how well your home shows to prospective buyers. The recommendations below can increase the appeal and sales prices of your home. List of suggestions are provided below for your consideration.


  • Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges, weed and edge gardens
  • Prune trees and bushes so they don’t touch the house
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveway, pick up any litter
  • Repair gutters and eaves, touch up exterior paint
  • Remove mold and mildew from house and paint if necessary
  • Fix broken windows, shutters and screens
  • Plant extra flowers for color, or place potted plants beside the front door
  • Clean or paint front door, polish front door hardware, ensure doorbell works
  • Clean front entrance
  • Clean windows
  • Replace welcome mat
  • Replace burnt out bulbs
  • Remove gardening equipment
  • Clean outdoor grill, barbeque and lawn furniture
  • Repair missing deck slats, screens, concrete patio cracks
  • Make sure sprinklers and faucets are working
  • Organize and clean garage


  • Clean and tidy the entrance, clear stairs and halls, store all excess furniture
  • Brighten interiors with fresh, light-toned paint
  • Brighten rooms by installing high wattage light bulbs and turning them on
  • Shampoo carpets, clean and wax floors
  • Replace damages tiles
  • Perform necessary minor repairs and touch-ups to walls, windows, fixtures, etc.
  • Organize kitchen countertops, removing appliances if necessary to make them look spacious
  • Clean kitchen countertops, cabinets, appliances, washer and dryer
  • Light the fireplace, open the drapes
  • Organize and clean out closets to make them look larger
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms, put out lean towels, minimize clutter
  • Clean up or bleach discolored grout
  • Clean mirrors and windows so they sparkle
  • Remove cobwebs and dust from screens
  • Organize and clean basement
  • No smoking indoors
  • Keep cat pans clean everyday