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75 Step Checklist To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

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75 Step Checklist To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

Your goal should be to present a clean, spacious, clutter free home. The kind you’d like to buy! Do a little each day and it will pay dividends.

Curb Appeal

 Mow lawn

 Trim shrubs

 Edge gardens and walkways

 Weed and mulch

 Sweep walkways and driveways, remove branches, litter and toys

 Add colour and fill bare spots with plantings

 Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach and water

 Take stains off your driveway with cleaner or kitty litter

 Stack woodpile neatly

 Clean and repair patio and deck areas

 Remove any outdoor furniture which is not in good shape

 Make sure pool or spa sparkles

 Replace old storm doors

 Check for flat fitting roof shingles

 Repair broken windows/shutters, replace torn screens, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking

 Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood

 Touch up exterior paint, repair gutters and eaves

 Clean and remove rust from any window A/C units or store them away

 Paint the front door and mailbox

 Add a new front door mat and consider seasonal door decoration

 Shine brass hardware on front door, exterior lighting fixtures, etc.

 Make sure doorbell is in good working order

General Interior Tips

 Add a fresh coat of interior paint in light neutral colours

 Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary

 Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary

 Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors

 Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills

 Clean the fireplace

 Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after you’ve moved

 Remove extra furniture, worn rugs and items you don’t use: keep papers, toys, etc. picked up, especially on stairs

Repair easy fixes: loose doorknobs, cracked moulding, leaky taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closet or screen doors off their tracks, etc.

 Add dished potpourri or drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent

 Secure jewelry, cash or other valuables

Living Room

 Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs

 Consider packing away personal photos

 Remove as much clutter as possible

Dining Room

 Polish any visible silver or crystal

 Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here

Kitchen

 Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning formica stains).

 Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order

 Clean often forgotten spots on top of fridge and under sink

 Wax or sponge floors to brilliant shine, clean baseboards

 Organize item inside cabinets, pre pack anything you won’t be using before your move

 Keep counters as clear and empty as possible

Bathrooms

 Remove all rust and mildew

 Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, are immaculate and shining

 Make sure all fixtures are in good shape

 Replace loose caulking or grout

 Make sure lighting is bright, but soft

Master Bedroom

 Organize furniture to create a spacious look with well defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas

 Organize and minimize walk‐in closet

Basement

 Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items

 Organize and create more space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves

 Clean water heater and drain sediment

 Change furnace filter

 Make inspection access easy

 Clean and paint concrete floors and walls

 Provide strong overhead lighting

Attic

 Tidy up by discarding or pre‐packing

 Make sure exposed insulation is visible and in good condition

 Make sure air vent is in good working order

 Provide strong overhead lighting

When It’s Time To Show

 Make sure all marketing materials are readily available  Open all draperies and shades, turn on all lights

 Pick up toys and other clutter, check to make sure beds are made and clothes are put away

 Give the carpets a quick vacuuming

 Add some strategically placed fresh flowers

 Open bathroom window for fresh air

 Pop a spicy desert or just a pan of cinnamon in the oven for aroma

 Turn off the TV and put on some light non‐offensive music at low volume

 Make a fire in the fireplace (seasonal)

 Put pets in the backyard or arrange for a friend to keep them

 Make sure pet areas are clean and 100% odour‐free

 Make sure all trash is disposed

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