Think in terms of a home that is sparkling clean, uncluttered and spacious.
- Have the carpets shampooed; wax the floor, wash the walls, windows,
blinds, drapes, and lighting fixtures. Consider engaging a cleaning
service, recognizing that it is a justified expense.
- Kitchen and Bathroom
- Clear off counter tops. Leave your canisters and little else. These
rooms should be gleaming. If unsightly, have the tub re–caulked
and remove mineral deposits and grime from the shower walls. Clean the
stove, microwave and refrigerator.
- Primary Storage Area
- Like the garage, its time has come to be liberated. Remember, you
can do it now and benefit with a more attractive home on the market,
or you can do it several months from now, in the process of moving when
there is no advantage.
- Identify and repair dripping faucets, sticking or creaking doors,
etc. When people see areas of disrepair they begin to wonder whether
there may be other unseen problems.
- Remove out of season clothing. Organize your clothing and shoes on
the floor. Remove all clutter from the cabinets and closets.
- The less furniture, the larger a room appears to be.
- A Light Appearance
- As a rule, do everything to lighten the appearance of the home. Raise
the blinds, open the drapes and use light colours. Repaint any room
beginning to look shabby.
- Walk the property with a pad and pencil. List anything that you think
is less than satisfactory without regard to cost or time. You can review
the list afterwards to determine what you can and can't repair.
- The House
- Take a close look as you walk the property. Clean anything that looks
unkempt or dirty; repair or replace anything that looks loose, dingy,
rusted or broken. Make sure the door bell works. Replace a tired–looking
mail–box; clean the exterior light fixtures and wash the windows.
Try to spot hanging or rusty gutters, crooked antenna, loose shingles
- The Yard
- Turn and weed the beds; trim the trees and shrubs. Lay in ground cover.
Mend the fence, fix the gate latch. Pick up litter. Consider a landscaping/lawn
- Outdoor Furniture
- Examine and spot paint your outdoor furniture. If it's rusty or consider
disposing of the pieces.
- Front Entry
- It's the first thing your buyers see as they stand and wait for the
door to open. It's worth the extra effort to spruce it up.
- The Garage
- The time has come. Discard everything in the garage that hasn't been
used for a year. Wash it down.
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