Not sure how to get your home ready to sell? When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, check off these to-dos to ensure that every potential home buyer feels at home.

How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

  • Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
  • Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.
  • Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.
  • If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep the walks and driveway swept.
  • Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.
  • Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • Wash the windows inside and out.
  • Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.
  • Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on counter-tops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.
  • Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
  • Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
  • Clean pool. Make sure that the water chemistry is balanced; the pool equipment is working properly; the skimmer, basket, and filter are clean; the bottom has been vacuumed; and the water is free of plant matter, bugs, and other debris.
  • Repair dripping faucets and shower-heads.
  • Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.
  • Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.
  • Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.
  • Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
  • Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
  • Make sure every light switch works.
  • Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.
  • Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.
  • Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
  • Have an expert inspect and tuneup your HVAC. Keeping leaves and debris from clogging the area around your heating or cooling unit
  • Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
  • Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
  • Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
  • Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.
  • Place fresh flowers throughout the house.
  • Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.
  • Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
  • Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage

Get Your Home Ready To Sell

While you may not have seen them in years, now is the time to track down all the user’s manuals and warranties for the water heater, HVAC systems, appliances, swimming pool, and other amenities that will remain in the house once it’s sold. Having all this paperwork organized and available will not only make you appear more trustworthy as a seller, but will also eliminate some of the last-minute issues that could pop up during closing.