How Preparing Your House Pays Off
The Basics – Home—spotless. Lawn—mowed. Clutter—removed. Carpets—cleaned. Odors—gone
Living Room – Open up the living room by moving furniture and removing unnecessary items.
Kitchen – Clear counters, refrigerator art and magnets. Add a plant or fresh flowers. Leave small appliances if used daily.
Bedrooms – De-personalize by removing photos, posters and personal items to make buyers feel comfortable.
Bathrooms – Think “hotel.” Add fresh new towels and remove all personal items—no toothbrushes!
Storage – Organize closets, laundry room, mudroom and storage areas.
Repair – Patch holes and paint walls and ceilings where needed. Replace broken tiles, re-caulk sinks and tubs.
Colors – Tone down brightly painted rooms. Not all buyers appreciate hot pink, purple or red.
Brighten – Replace low-watt light bulbs with brighter ones. Clean windows. Open curtains.
Pets – Put away toys, clean litter boxes, deodorize carpets. Take pets with you when house is shown.
Outside – Think curb appeal! Paint the front door. Pressure wash the driveway, sidewalks, decks and patio. Add a few shrubs, flowers and fresh mulch. Put away garden tools, hoses, toys and bikes. Remove dead or tired plants.
Garage – Remove as many extras as possible. Tools, lawn equipment and bikes are o.k. Leave room for at least one car. Make it look spacious!