Preparing Your Home for Sale

What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any
hassles? If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put the
property on the market, you’ll be on your way to a successful sale.

Our goal is to simplify, depersonalize, and de-clutter the home in order for it to show larger and
brighter, giving a more spacious feeling to potential buyers. These steps will provide you with an
advantage over the competition. Many items will need to be removed to storage and packed for
moving. This is important and should be considered as merely giving you a head start on the
move to your new home.

The list of things below will help your home show larger and brighter and give a more spacious
feeling to potential buyers, giving you an advantage over the competition.

 Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor. Odors
must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you
are a smoker.
 If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned—or if they really need it—now
is the time to do it. Bare floors should be waxed or polished, as well.
 Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors and cabinets with a wood
maintenance product such as “Old English” or “Liquid Gold.”
 Replace or clean A/C filters. Clean all A/C vents and intake grids.
 Keep A/C set no warmer than 75 degrees and heat no cooler than 70 degrees.
 Use an air freshener in each room (Glade “Plug-ins” work well, but try to avoid floral scents
as they can be too strong).

Lighting Comments:
 Upgrade the wattage in all light fixtures to the highest level safety will allow.
 Dust/Wash all light fixtures and fans.

Window Comments:
 Dust blinds, windowsills, and plant ledges.
 Remove any cobwebs inside and outside.
 Clean interior and exterior of all windows and glass doors.
 Take screens off before washing and leave off front of house.
 Keep all blinds/shades pulled up/open and draperies removed to allow maximum light.
 Steam clean if not replacing. If replacing, we can help you make choices that will be most
appealing to buyers.

 Clean all tubs, toilets, and sinks. Then polish the sinks with lemon or vegetable. Polish all
hardware to a shine.
 Stow unused shampoos, soaps, scrubbing implements, razors, etc. under sink.
 Stow laundry hamper in closet.
 Stow wastebasket under sink.
 Rugs/commode lid covers should be removed.
 Store cleansers under sink.
 Streamline counter—1 or 2 decorative items only.
 Linen cabinets should be organized and items reduced.
 Use baskets to hold make-up and toiletries so that after use they can be stored under the
 Bathtubs, showers, and sinks should be freshly ...READ MORE

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