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 trees.
  • Plant extra flowers for more color or spruce up landscaping with potted flowers.
  • Repair fences and touch-up with paint or stain.
  • Store lawn equipment, toys and other outdoor items away neatly. Board dog or other large pets with neighbors while showing the house
  • Repaint or replace mailbox.

Front Entrance:

  • 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 working order.
  • Replace missing house numbers and make sure the number is visible from the street in the early evening.
  • 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 your house.
  • 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 window.
  • 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 live without.
  • If you can't see the baseboard, the room is probably cluttered.
  • 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 garage.


  • 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 surfaces.
  • 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 banisters.
  • Repair leaking roof and remove all signs of water damage:
        - 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.