"For Sale to Sold" Get Ready to Sell

Getting Ready to Sell

Make A Checklist
If peeling and chipped paint; replace exterior paint.
Check roof for possible leaks, missing tiles, damaged roof, flashing and repair as needed. 
Make sure there is good exterior lighting and all walkway lights and front-door lanterns work.
Make sure the walk ways, sideyard, patio, gate area, and entry to the home are clean, clear of debris.

Edge and trim, palms, plants and trees.
Remove or replace dead or diseased plants, shrubs and trees.
Clean grease and oil stains from driveway.
Weed flower beds.
Inspect gates, fences, hatches, repair or replace if needed. 

Patios/Pools/Ramadas/Hot Tubs/Spas
Check for damaged areas on the patio, repair if needed.
Remove weeds growing in the concrete cracks; sweep off debris from shrubs and trees.
Check pool equipment, hot tubs and spas to ensure all parts are in working order and clean.

Front Door
Paint or buy a new front door.
Polish the hardware on the door until it shines.
Clean the storm door; make certain the screen is secure.
Make sure the doorbell operates properly and there are no squeaks when the door is opened or closed.

Make sure your entry is inviting.
Check high areas in the foyer for cobb webs or dust, clean as needed.
Clean entryway floors and area rugs.
Downsize clutter in entry closet to give the appearance of spaciousness.
Double-check entry lighting to make sure it works.

Clean all windows—inside and out.
If needed, add a fresh coat of paint to the window trims and sills.
Make sure all windows open and close easily.
Replace cracked windowpanes and those with broken seals.
Make sure window screens are secure; replace any screens with holes or tears.
Repair or replace worn broken shutters/blinds/window coverings.
Replace worn curtains.

Living Room/Dining Room/Family Room
Paint the interior of the home if necessary (use neutral colors where possible).
Repair cracks and holes in ceiling and walls.
Restain any woodwork that is worn or chipped.
Clean trim and floors throughout home.
Clean draperies and blinds; open them to maximize light.
Make sure draperies and blinds open and close.
Wash windows.
Steam-clean carpets. Clean rugs and wood flooring, and remove any stains or odors.
Position the furniture to showcase the size and space of the room.
Put away toys and hobby supplies; remove extra magazines and books from tables.
Store family photos and other personal effects.
Leave some lighting on – especially in rooms without a lot of natural light.

Make sure countertops and sinks are clean, de-cluttered, and stain-free.
Fix dripping faucets.
Organize pantry and cupboards so they appear clean, neat, and spacious.
Make sure the refrigerator and freezer are defrosted and free of odors.
Clean the oven and cook-top thoroughly.
Make sure dirty dishes are cleaned and put away every day.
Repair or replace loose knobs and cabinets. 

Make sure sinks, tubs, showers, and countertops are clean and free of stains.
Repair any leaky faucets.
Remove grout and soap stains from tile.
Replace any missing or cracked tiles or grout.
Make sure all joints are caulked.
Make sure all fixtures, including heat lamps and exhaust fans, are operating.
Install a new shower curtain.
Store all supplies, such as toilet paper, shampoo bottles, and cleansers.
Put away prescriptions, jewelry, and any items/valuables that are at risk for theft.

Repair cracks in ceiling and walls.
Apply a fresh coat of paint if necessary.
Make sure wallpaper is secure.
Clean draperies and blinds; open them to maximize light.
Put away toys, clothes.
Neatly make up the beds.
Keep all closets clean and organized; treat any odors.
Make bed every day; put away dirty laundry; keep bedside table clear of clutter.

Remove any items you are able to.
Clean and organize garage.
Ensure the garage door is functioning correctly.
Repair or replace garage doors that are dented, not closing properly, lop sided.
Repair or replace garage door openers that have failed.
Double check any additions and those to the attic, such as built in stairs or lifts are fire resistant and up to code.
Make sure there is room for an inspector to move around freely.

Basement (if applicable)
Check for water penetration or dampness; call for professional repairs if necessary.
Get rid of musty odors.
Make sure light fixtures work.
Arrange storage area in a neat and organized manner.
Sweep/vacuum floor.

Tidy Extras to not Forget
Check interior and exterior for cracks, discoloration, repair and paint where needed.
Check for evidence of termites, treat as needed.
Remove any indoor houseplants that are brown or losing their leaves.
Clean vents, replace filters. Repair or replace loud ventilating fans.
Remove all “fixer” cars, campers, and boats from the property.
Remove clutter from home.
Remove access furniture not being used.
Organize and clean out closets.
Discard the clutter of magazines on the coffee and end tables.
Put away any personal effects, such as family photos, children’s artwork, etc.
Turn on lamps for ambient lighting; makes rooms feel more inviting.
Hide or get rid of worn-out throw pillows.
Replace shower curtains and invest in a matching set of towels in the bathroom.
At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting to keep home illuminated in dark.

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