Be Ready Before You List - This is the Must Do Check List!

Dated: November 14 2019

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Be Ready Before You List With This List! 

      Plan Ahead

  • Walk through each room and critique the home from a buyer’s perspective.
  • Consider getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
  • Hire a contractor to handle any major projects.
  • Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don't need.

           Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home.
  • Scrub tile in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean hardwood floors.
  • Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing carpet if stains are prominent.
  • Get rid of dust bunnies.
  • Repair cracks and holes in walls.
  • Paint interior walls with neutral colors, like beige, cream or light pastels. (Pro Tip: pale blues and greens are good for bathrooms)
  • Remove excess and oversized  furniture.
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
  • Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
  • Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and pet items.
  • Remove family photos, personal collections and medications.
  • Declutter garage and store unnecessary items off site.
  • Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry.

      Show Off Your Home's Best Features

  • Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.
  • Pull back drapes to showcase nice views.
  • Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants.
  • Make sure fireplaces are in working condition.
  • Clean backyard and pool area.

       Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms

  • Mop and wax/polish the floors.
  • Clear all countertops.
  • Replace outdated hardware.
  • Clean appliances and fixtures.
  • Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.
  • Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs.
  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.
  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
  • Hang fresh towels.

       Appeal to the Senses

  • Bake cookies or burn scented candles.
  • Offer light refreshments.
  • Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.
  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open windows to let in fresh air.  Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.
  • Turn off TVs.
  • Relocate pets on the day of the open house.
  • Refrain from smoking in the home.

 Maximize Curb Appeal

  • Paint the home's exterior, including trim, doors and shutters.
  • Check front door, doorbell, address number and welcome mat.
  • Power wash siding and windows.
  • Inspect the roof and make repairs as needed.
  • Repair cracks in driveway and sidewalks.
  • Sweep entryway and walkways.
  • Mow, water and fertilize the lawn.
  • Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.
  • Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.
  • Store toys or equipment lying on the yard.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

Finally once you are exhausted call Me, Urag3nt, to do the heavy lifting! :) 

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