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You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it's the first impression that really counts! When potential purchasers visit your home, they know within minutes whether it meets their needs or not.
We have designed a simple checklist for the prospective seller to ensure that the exterior and the interior of the home catches the eye of the prospective purchaser from the entrance of the property.
- Redo trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
- Mow and edge the lawn frequently until the home is sold.
- Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.
- A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.
- Replace missing shutters, gutters, and downspouts and remove any debris.
- Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.
- Cracks in the driveway and sidewalks can be easily repaired with ready-mix cement. For excessive stains, there are easy-to-use cleaning agents at your home repair store.
- Fences should be mended and painted.
- Make sure the areas in front of your curb and driveway are clear of debris. Wash it down with a hose.
- Wash all windows inside and outside.
- Clean the back yard or child's play area as well.
- Clean your home from top to bottom.
- Repair any cracks or holes in walls and touch-up paint.
- Doors should be cleaned and touched-up as well.
- Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat. White or light pastels are the easiest for new homeowners to work with and they make your rooms look larger.
- Have carpeting and draperies cleaned.
- Carpeting should be vacuumed throughout the house the day your home is being shown.
- Lubricate squeaking doors, windows, and cabinets.
- Pre-pack items, which may clutter your home and make rooms appear smaller.
- A few colorful plants will help liven and add color to the interior.
- Keep the counters clean and clear of appliances. All appliances should be clean and neatly organized. An open appearance with sunlight and green plants here and there will make the room a focal point. Make it light and bright! The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house.
- Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Clean the kitchen floor. If the floor looks old and dull, consider replacing the flooring.
- Clean fans and vent hoods.
- The bathroom and appliances within should be thoroughly cleaned. Remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
- Replace old caulking around bathtub and sinks. Repair or replace leaky faucets.
- Unclog and sanitize drains to remove odors.
- Clean all mirrors. Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
- Fresh towels should be in the bathrooms at all times.
Garage and Other Areas
- Have a garage sale to dispose of any unwanted items. Family heirlooms, which you will take with you, should be boxed and stored in the garage until you move.
- Degreasers are available at your local home repair store to remove stains from the garage floor.
- Remove any cobwebs.
- If the basement or attic is a functioning part of the house, make sure the area is clean and in good repair.
SHOWING YOUR HOME
- Dust and vacuum the whole house thoroughly.
- Lightly clean and straighten up living areas.
- Open all drapes and blinds to let in as much light as possible. Turn on lamps and other lights as necessary to brighten each room.
- If you're planning to move around the same time you're selling your home, try to arrange showings while the furniture is still in the house.
- Any household or children's items should be stored away. This includes toys, bikes, skateboards, etc.
- Turn television sets off. Turn on a radio with soft music at low volume.
- While your home is being held open, arrange to spend the time away from the house, especially if you have small children. If this is not possible, go for a walk, visit a neighbor, or keep children quiet when your home is being shown to prospects.
- Keep pets away from potential buyers and keep pet areas clean.
- Your agent may request to serve refreshments. If not, feel free to suggest this.
- Try baking chocolate chip cookies or brownies just before the open house. A pleasant aroma means home to many people.
- Once the open house begins, let your agent do the job.
- If you're trying to sell any household items, do not bring this up unless you are asked.
- Should a buyer stop by when you’re not having an open house, refer all inquiries to your agent. Feel free to answer questions the buyer might have, but again, refer as much as possible to your agent, as he/she will be able to answer in the most positive manner.
- Save visiting agents' business cards for your agent. Write down the date on the back of the visiting agent's business card and indicate if the agent had buyers with them.
- Notify your agent if you'll be out of town and how to contact you. Timing is EVERYTHING!