Get your home ready to sell by checking these items off your list of things to do.
Start outside and look around your yard, remember it's the first thing a potential buyer notices about your home. Curb appeal and a tidy yard will speak volumes before they even step foot into your home.
Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Sod any sparse areas.
Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery and remove all debris.
Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.
Clean and align gutters and downspouts; If you home has a fireplace, clean the chimney.
Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept and free from debris.
Wash the windows inside and out.
Check for any weather damaged or rotten wood. Hire a professional to repair and repaint any damaged areas.
Now let's move inside and get ready for visitors
Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior from top to bottom.
Shampoo carpets, scrub or steam clean tile, and wax wood floors.
If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay some logs in it.
Dry clean draperies and wash all blinds.
Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
Paint the walls off white, beige, or a neutral color. Apply a fresh coat of white paint to the ceilings.
Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.
Repair torn screens. Vacuum and wipe clean all window tracks.
Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
Re-nail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
Wash all light switches, baseboards, handrails and doorknobs.
Organize closets and garage, packing away unneeded items will help reduce clutter and make spaces appear larger.
These are just a some of the key items you should check and attend to prior to listing your home for sale with a Realtor®. Attention to these details will leave a positive first impression on potential buyers and help bring top dollar for your home.