Looking to sell your house? Want to get top dollar? Here are some tips to help you show your home to prospective buyers so that you can get top dollar.
OUTSIDE: Trim all shrubbery. Pull all weeds. Plant flowers. Rake any leaves. Water your lawn, to keep it green. Pick up and discard or store all implements, materials and debris that are not part of the lawn decor. Wash all windows. Garage should be swept, neat and tidy. During the winter, all walks and drives should be shoveled and salted.
LIGHTING: Open all shades and draperies during the daylight hours. Replace all burned out light bulbs with the maximum light producing bulbs. Turn on all lights throughout the house and basement prior to showing the house.
STORAGE: All clothing, shoes, hats, accessories, tools, papers, magazines, books and personal items not contributing to the decor of the room should be stored in closets or dressers. All closets should be tidy, neat and clean. Basement storage areas should be neatly arranged. Kitchen counters should be clean and free of any articles not contributing to the decor of the room. All magazines, books, ashtrays, food, bottles, containers, boxes, cans, toys, tools, dishes, cookware, etc. should be stored in the proper cupboards or closets or storage areas.
CLOSETS: All closets should present an organized, tidy and uncluttered appearance. All unused items should be discarded or put out of site. Display your storage and utility space by removing all unnecessary accumulations in attic, stairways, basement, closets and garage.
BASEMENT: Should be neat, clean, dry and tidy. All materials and tools should be stored on shelves or in cabinets. Discard as much unneeded material as possible prior to showing the house to prospective purchasers. Clutter doesn’t sell.
WINDOWS: All windows should be spotlessly clean inside and out. All window sills, as well as any space between the window and storm window should be spotlessly clean and free of any flaking or loose paint. All windows should be in good repair with no cracks. Screens should be clean and in good condition, free of rust and holes.
FIXTURES: All bathroom and kitchen fixtures and counters should be immaculately clean. Polish chrome faucets and handles in the tub and sinks. All sinks, tubs, toilets and counters should be clean.
FLOORS: All flooring should be clean and waxed if necessary. All carpeting should be very clean regardless of its age. If the carpeting has not been steam cleaned for more than two years, now is the time to do it. Basement floors should be swept and mopped.
DOORS: All doors should be free of scotch tape, posters, decals, or stickers. All door handles should be clean and in good repair.
CERAMIC TILE: All joints between tiles should be clean and white. Use a bathroom tile sealer to reseal the joint between bathtub and wall and floor.
WALLS: All walls should be clean and free of gouges, scratches, smudges, scotch tape, posters, thumbtacks, etc. Walls should only have decorative items. Posters and paper pictures taped to walls should be removed and all evidence of the tape markings removed.
ODOR: Nothing smells better than fresh air. On warm days, have your windows open and shades up. Make your home feel and smell bright, fresh and clean and you will have a faster sale. Make very sure that there are absolutely no pet odors.