Improve "curb appeal" and make
buyers want to see the inside.
Lawn & Yard:
- A well kept lawn implies a well maintained
home. Cut lawn weekly while showing your
home. Rake leaves and sweep sidewalk on weekends
when house is to be shown.
- Remove dead limbs and debris from shrubs and
- Plant extra flowers for more color or spruce
up landscaping with potted flowers.
- Repair fences and touch-up with paint
- Store lawn equipment, toys and other outdoor
items away neatly. Board dog or other
large pets with neighbors while showing the
- Repaint or replace mailbox.
- The front entrance of your home is a key part
of the "First Impression." Paint,
clean or stain the front door. Remove
old screens if they don't fit or operate properly.
- Make sure entry light and doorbell are in
- Replace missing house numbers and make sure
the number is visible from the street in the
- Put out a nice welcome mat and a potted plant
if you have room on steps or entrance way.
Roof, Windows and Siding:
- Experienced home owners often ignore miss-aligned
shutters, bent gutters and loose shingles (unless
there is a leak). These things jump
out at first-time home buyers as signs to avoid
- Paint and repair gutters. Repair loose shingles
and flashing in roof, especially when visible
from the ground.
- Paint window sashes, trim and shutters.
Replace cracked window panes, and wash entire
- Clean and paint siding as needed. White
or something very close is the best color for
aluminum, wood or synthetic siding.
People buy homes that appear
spacious, clean and solid.
- Clutter and dark colors turn off most buyers.
That means getting rid of everything you can
- If you can't see the baseboard, the room is
- Have a garage sale to eliminate unnecessary
items. Use the money you earn to put some
of your bulkier possessions in storage.
- Bright lights and white walls make rooms look
bigger. If you plan to paint, use white or off-white.
Replace lights with higher wattage bulbs.
- Clear kitchen countertops as much as possible.
Reduce number of items in cabinets.
- Arrange clothing neatly in each closet and
reduce number of items stored on shelves and
on the floor.
- Clean and organize your basement, attic and
- Clean everything - carpets included.
Ask a friend to assess your efforts, especially
sensitive areas like odors.
- Wash windows and mirrors.
- Clean the oven and all appliances. Clean all
grease spatters and polish chrome fixtures and
- Clean window treatments and carpets. Replace
worn, stained and odorous carpeting.
- Clean smudges, especially around doorknobs
and light switches.
- Rattles, squeaks and leaks leave the impression
that house needs a lot of work. Eliminate them.
- Repair squeaking steps and wobbly
- Repair leaking roof and remove all signs of
- Paint over water stains
- Replace discolored wallpaper
- Repair leaky faucets and pipes.
- Repair or clean caulking around tubs and sinks.
- Tighten loose doorknobs, light switch plates
and cabinet hinges.
- Repair sticking doors and windows.
- Tack down all loose molding.