When you put your property on the market, you want to achieve the best sales price you can get, and do so within the timeframe that meets your needs. Nothing is more important to most buyers than the first impressions they receive.
PAINTING — At the top of the list for creating good impressions. Inspect interior walls as well as the exterior including trim, gutters, downspouts, mailbox, etc.
YARD — In addition to proper cutting and edging of the lawn, trim landscaping and weed flower beds. Also check for dead branches in trees and shrubbery debris. Store all outdoor lawn equipment and toys.
SPRINKLER SYSTEM — Check for defective heads and for proper water coverage over entire lawn.
FENCE — Repair where necessary and paint or stain if needed to give your yard that well-maintained appearance.
GARAGE — Check garage doors and opener to see if they are in good working order. Inspect doors for painting or staining. Remove and reorganize garage items.
DRIVEWAY — Check for grease and oil spots. When showing the property, it’s best not to have vehicles parked in the driveway.
PATIO/DECK — Clean patio and arrange outdoor furniture.
POOL — Have pool sparking clean. Store equipment and chemicals out of the way.
ROOF — Check for loose shingles or broken tiles. Make sure eaves are cleared of leaves. If mildew has occurred, consider professional cleaning.
FRONT ENTRANCE — Front door should be clean and all trim painted or stained. Check doorbell and outside light to see if they are operating properly.
AIR -CONDITIONING — Certainly, the air-conditioning system must be functioning at top performance, but also check for proper draining, install a new filter, and clean exterior unit.
WALLS — When checking for cleaning and possible painting of interior walls, look closely at wallpaper for repair or replacement, if needed.
DOORS — All interior and exterior doors should be cleaned, hardware tightened and oiled for smooth opening and closing.
CARPETING AND TILE — Steam cleaning is the best answer for most carpets. While it’s a hassle to rearrange furniture and be disrupted, this is one item that can’t wait until after the sale. Also, repair or replace damaged tile.
WINDOWS — Repair or replace all broken windows or screens. All windows must be cleaned to show the home at its best. Check blinds and draperies for cleanliness.
ELECTRICAL — Repair all switches and outlets that are not working. Good lighting through adequate wattage in garage, hallways, and closets will brighten up your home.
PLUMBING — Leaking faucets always raise questions about plumbing. Clean stains from stainless steel sinks and check enamel for repair.
APPLIANCES — All appliances should be in good working order and CLEAN. In particular, oven and stove top, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave.
KITCHEN — A bright, cheerful kitchen is a must. Clean all surfaces, check for loose knobs or sticky drawers, clean exhaust hood and organize drawers and cabinets.
BATHROOMS — Clean mirrors, shower doors, curtains, tub caulking, and flooring. Just when you decide to clean the bathroom “later” is when the prospective buyer rings your doorbell.
The most saleable properties are those that show pride of ownership, with attention given to every detail. If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, we hope this checklist will be of assistance. Even if you’re not planning to sell, it may be helpful as a checklist for spring cleaning or file away under “house papers” for future reference.
TEMPERATURE — Keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Air-conditioning is a must on warm days.
FRESH AIR — Keep air smelling fresh. Air freshener, candles or fresh flowers are nice, but don’t over - do it.
LIGHT — Have sufficient lighting. If it’s daytime, have draperies drawn open. In the evening, turn on the lights prior to showing. Light makes rooms look larger and more appealing.
MUSIC — Soft music can be nice, but loud radios, stereos, or television should be off during the buyers’ inspection.
VALUABLES — Having valuable possessions displayed in your home is only inviting trouble. They’re best placed out of sign, or out of the home.
CLOSETS — Clothes hung properly; and if used for a storage area, clean out. Of most buyers’ requirements, closet space is high on their list.
LAUNDRY — Keep fresh towels and washcloths displayed. Laundry should be done often to keep laundry area clean and fresh.
EXCLUSIONS — Remove or replace items you do not intend to include in the sale. Sure enough, the one item that you wanted to take with you (such as a certain lighting fixture) is just the item the buyers want to include – causing a delay in the negotiation process.
TRASH REMOVAL — All trash
It is important to gather information pertinent to your property. It will take time to coordinate this information from old bills, tax statements, work receipts, service contracts, and warranty documents, but it pays off when you sell your home. Prospective buyers ask questions about your home and property. The following questions can be expected and you should have the file of information to answer them:
Even if your move is within the same general area, there are several actions that can expedite the procedure.
PETS — Try to keep pets outside during a home inspection.
AGENTS — Turn your house over to the agent for showings. Trust their professional abilities. All showings should be scheduled and documented through the listing agent/office.
PEOPLE — While all prospective buyers must be accompanied through the home, family and guests should leave when possible to allow the agent to show the home without the buyer feeling hurried. Should you be present during the showing, remain in the background. The agent should know your property and the needs of the prospective buyer and be able to answer any questions.
DON’T APOLOGIZE — Remember not to apologize for the appearance of your home. If you’ve done the best you can, buyers understand that they may be viewing the home at a time that may be inconvenient to you.
PICK UP EVERYWHERE — Keep clutter off counter tops, disregard old newspapers and magazines, remove excess furniture.
This content last updated on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:00 PM from NTREIS.
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