No one has a more important role in the home selling process than you, as the seller. Here are some ways your participation can contribute to a successful sale:
- Oil squeaky doors
- Replace torn window screens
- Repair leaking faucets and/or toilets
- Remove mildew stains from bathrooms
- Repair and repaint damaged wall surfaces
- Replace peeling wallpaper or repaint where needed
- Make sure all lights work properly and that each room is well-lit
Tip: Find out what needs attention by opening every door and making sure when closed, it's flush with the frame; do the same for windows. Make sure faucets flow properly.
Cut the Clutter
- Clear kitchen counters, storing small appliances in the cabinets
- Organize kitchen cupboards
- Tidy any closets
- Place small items, such as children's toys, in decorative baskets
- Remove any old mail, newspapers or magazines
- Reduce or eliminate the knick-knacks: collectibles, refrigerator magnets, etc.
Tip: Put away family photos and mementos. Buyers often want to picture their own belongings in the home.
Clean and Shine
- Freshen the whole house
- Clean appliances inside and out
- Remove fingerprints from doors, walls and any stainless steel appliances
- Dust baseboards, paneling and under beds
- Vacuum furnishings and curtains
- Make all beds
- Wash the dishes and put them away
- Stock each bathroom with clean, fluffy towels
Tip: Try and keep your home spotless - you never know when a buyer will want to stop by.
Show and Sell
- Light the fireplace when applicable
- Be sure the home is at a comfortable temperature all year long
- Let in the light by turning on lamps or opening curtains before a showing
- Play classical music at a low volume in the background
Tip: Take valuables with you during the showings, or store them in a safety deposit box for the duration.
- Mow the lawn or shovel snow
- Trim hedges and shrubs
- Weed gardens, curbs and pathways
- Clear any litter or debris
- Repair soffits, eaves and troughs
- Touch up exterior paint
Tip: First impressions count! House hunters often drive by homes before deciding whether they would like to schedule a tour.