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Preparing Your Home for Potential Buyers Exterior The condition of your home’s exterior is most important when it comes to buyers appeal.

  • House number should be easy to read.
  • Lights on timers to ensure house is lit up after sunset.
  • Eaves troughs, and down spouts in good repair.
  • Garage/car port clean and tidy.
  • Litter picked up.
  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced.
  • Doorbell and door hardware in good repair.
  • Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.
  • Mow, edge and weed the lawn frequently until the home is sold.
  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.
  • A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.
  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.
  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.
  • Wash all windows inside and outside.

Interior

  • Warm and welcoming!
  • Lights should be on and drapes should be left open during daylight.
  • Heat set at comfortable temperature.
  • Fresh flowers/plants in various rooms.
  • Chipped plaster and paint touched up and repaired.
  • Doors and cupboards properly closed.
  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired.
  • Burned out light bulbs replaced.
  • Squeaky door oiled.
  • Mirrors, fixtures, and taps cleaned and polished.
  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair.
  • Floors cleaned, garbage containers emptied.
  • Inside of closet and cupboards neat and tidy.
  • Valuable property, out of reach, out of sight, or locked away.
  • Pets absent, where possible, or contained during showings.
  • All torn screens should be repaired or replaced.
  • Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat.
  • White or light pastels are the easiest to work with and they make your room look larger.
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather.
  • Air conditioner turned on in warm weather.
  • Countertops neat and polished.
  • Appliances cleaned.
  • Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy.