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Start with your lawn…It’s the first thing that prospective buyers see.
Is the lawn trimmed and edged?
Are flower beds clear of leaves, weeds & grass?
Is appeal of the house enhanced by adequate flowers and mulch?
Are light posts, gas grills, outdoor lights, mailboxes, fences or basketball hoops in good condition?
Are children’s objects removed, such as old swing sets, sandboxes, etc.?
Have any imperfections to lawn such as bare spots, big holes, ruts, weeds or crabgrass been removed or repaired?
Does the lawn have an overall manicured look?
If it is winter, have snow and ice been removed from driveway, sidewalks and steps?
Your front door welcomes the prospect…A door decoration adds a warm, inviting touch.
Is the door clean? Does it need a coat of paint?
Are light fixtures, door knockers and doorknobs in good condition?
Does the doorbell work?
Are storm doors clean and in good condition?
Is the front step/porch in good repair?
Decorating helps assure top dollar and a quick sale…A little Liquid Gold does wonders for scratched and dry-looking wood.
Are walls clean?
Has outdated wallpaper been removed and walls painted?
Are all nail and molly holes filled?
Are there any cork or mirror tiles, shelves, metal brackets, plant brackets, stickers, murals or makeshift cabinets that should be removed?
Should the ceiling be textured to cover flaws?
Are switchplates clean?
Clean windows show the bright side of your home…Let the prospective buyers see how cheerful your home can be.
Have curtains and draperies been opened to highlight walls and ceilings?
Will window coverings appeal to the general public?
Do sheers cover all windows facing the street?
A clean kitchen is a must…Many buyers judge the housekeeping by the oven and stove.
Is the interior of the oven, stove and dishwasher stain free?
Have the cabinets been cleared of all but essential items?
Are the counter tops clean and clear of clutter?
Is the Formica stained? (Baking soda removes stains without marring the finish).
Sparkling bathrooms help sell your home…Spick and span throughout is the way to judge bathrooms.
Are shower doors, ceramic tile and grouting clean and free of soap film?
Are fixtures polished and free of water marks?
Have appliques in the tub been removed?
Is lighting adequate?
Does the toilet seat need to be replaced?
Is the exhaust fan working? Is it quiet?
Is there a window available? Open it and let the fresh air in.
Avoid cluttered appearances…Perhaps now is the time to plan a garage sale.
Do you have excess furniture which makes the rooms appear cramped?
Are toys and other articles picked up?
Is the stairway clear? This is essential!
Make the closets look as large as possible…Remove or pack items that can be stored elsewhere.
Is the closet neat and organized?
Are wall surfaces in need of paint?
Are shelving and hardware in good condition?
If the closets have lights, are the bulbs bright?
Do the closet doors operate smoothly and quietly?
From top to bottom…Remove all unnecessary items.
Have you removed all excess items from the basement, garage and other utility spaces?
Is there a damp smell in the basement or crawl space? Place a bag of limestone the area.
Are the walls dark and dull? If so, they can easily be brightened with a coat of paint.
Do all the lights work?
Are the lights bright enough?
Are window areas clean and sealed properly?
Are window wells free of debris?
Is the floor covering in good condition?
Do the steps or handrails need paint or repair?
Is the basement immaculate?
Is the sump pump clear and operable?
Check major appliances…A little correction could be worth many dollars.
Is the furnace filter clean?
Is the attic fan funning quietly?
Is the exterior of the water heater clean?
Does the water softener work? Is the exterior clean?
Is the water heater in good condition? Drain a pan of water to remove rust particles.
Does the furnace work properly?
When was the air conditioner last checked?
Does the air filter work properly? Is it clean?
Do kitchen appliances work properly? (Dishwasher, range, disposal, exhaust fan, compactor, refrigerator, oven)
Does the garage door opener work properly and quietly?
Minor flaws suggest neglect to the prospect… Have them fixed to get top dollar for your house.
Do the screen doors close tightly?
If the property has a storage shed, is it in good condition?
Is there a dog house, and should it be removed?
Is the driveway in good condition?
Are gutters and downspouts in good repair?
Do gutters drain away from the house?
Is the roof in good repair?
Are the hardwood floors in excellent condition?
Are vinyl floors in good repair?
Download a copy of the seller’s checklist
Find more great tips on our “Preparing your Home for a Photo Shoot” page
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