To Do Before You Sell
Replace heating and air conditioning filters. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint deterioration. Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose parts. Check roof for loose or missing shingles, check ceiling and attic for water penetration. Clean areas around indoor and outdoor heating/cooling equipment. Inspect all faucets for corrosion or hard water deposits that slow water flow. Have slow running drains cleaned. Make sure all sinks and bathtubs stoppers hold water. Learn location of electrical service panels and label each circuit. Have air conditioning condensation lines cleaned.
Get Rid of Pests
Ask a reputable pest control service company to inspect your home for pests and treat if necessary. The sight of just one pest can dramatically affect the way a prospective buyer views your home. Seal cracks and holes in the exterior of the home to prevent ants and other pests from entering. Remove debris from around your home that might harbor pests. Don’t leave food or dirty dishes out in the open – yours or your pet’s – to attract pests.
Make it Sparkle
Clean upholstery and polish wood surfaces. Clean, neat, well-kept rooms make a good impression and show your home in favorable light. Clean carpets and remove spots. Clean walls and wax woodwork. Clean, wax and polish all hard surface floors. Clean windows inside and out – glass, frames and ledges. Clean draperies and open to maximize natural light. Clean bathrooms thoroughly – floors, walls, fixtures and tiles. Clean kitchen ceiling, cabinets, appliances and fixtures; was and polish kitchen floor. Clean attic, garage and other storage areas. Clean closets and hang clothes neatly. Store shoes, luggage and other articles neatly. Clean your swimming pool until is sparkles.
Smooth Running Use vinegar to clean mineral deposits off the heating element of your dishwasher. Clean oven, stove top and microwave. Clean your disposal by pushing a full tray of ice cubes through it while running cold water. Follow with a lemon for a fresh scent. Check your water heater and drain pan for leaks or corrosion. Check heating/air conditioning filters every month. Clean the dryer lint screen after each load of clothes has been dried and the unit is empty.
Increase Curb Appeal
Mow and edge your lawn regularly. Prune and trim trees and shrubs. Rake leaves and pick up fallen limbs. Replace dead or diseased plants and shrubs. Cover beds and gardens with 1-4 inches of mulch to conserve moisture, reduce weed growth and maintain uniform temperature. Clean out flower beds and plant seasonal flowers to enhance the beauty of your yard. Re-paint or re-stain lawn furniture. Repair and re-paint fences, decks and screen doors. Discard old or broken lawn furniture, decks and screen doors. Sweep walkways, patio, decks, steps and porches. Water your lawn, trees and shrubs regularly and consider fertilization.
Use 75-watt light bulbs to brighten rooms. Arrange furniture to make rooms appear larger and provide maximum walk space. Restore or repair damaged furniture or upholstery. Repair or refinish damaged doors, moldings and paneling. Remove ashes and soot from fireplace, clean smoke marks. Reface or paint kitchen and bath cabinets at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. Polish and buff wood furniture to eliminate surface scratches and enhance the look of the room. Sell or store extra furniture so that the house looks open and spacious. Deodorize the entire house to remove unpleasant odors, such as mildew, smoke and cooking smells.