Getting Your Property Ready to Show
First impressions matter! Your front door is the first thing buyers will see. Make sure it’s fresh & clean. Remove all cobwebs from doors, corners & the porch area.
Power wash or paint if necessary.
Replace any torn screens & cracked windows.
Be sure your yard is free of debris & leaves.
Cut & edge your lawn regularly, trim all the bushes, remove all weeds & re-seed any bare spots.
Plant colorful flowers and add fresh mulch/stone to your landscaping beds.
Make certain to remove all ice & snow from walkways, stairs & driveways.
Open all drapes & curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
Clean windows, inside & out.
Paint hallways & rooms that look dingy & touch up any areas that have been marked up.
Steam clean or replace stained or worn carpeting.
Fix any doors or cabinets doors that stick or have loose knobs and dripping faucets.
Clean and organize closets, making them look larger & appealing to buyers.
Clean the basement & garage thoroughly.
Make sure all lights are working properly, replace all burned out bulbs.
Remove all excess items from kitchen & bathroom counters.
Have all dishes done & put away. The kitchen sink should be empty & spotless.
Run a damp cloth over the water heater, softener & furnace to remove all surface dust.
Replace the furnace filter & fill the water softener tank.
Remove as many personal items in the house as possible. You want a buyer to be able to envision themselves in your home. It is difficult for buyers when a home is filled with too many personal mementos.
Repair any damaged or discolored calking about the bathtub & shower areas.
Last Minute Preparations:
Open all drapes & turn on all lights.
Fresh flowers are always a nice touch!
Avoid having people or animals present during showings so buyers can take their time viewing your home & allow them the time & space to visualize the home as their own.