Before you call your Realtor, Tackle this “To Do” list…Outside…
- Paint the front door
- Add flowers! Remember, the front door is the buyer’s 1st experience so make it welcoming!
- Fix cracks in the sidewalk, steps, garage floor and driveway
- Prune the trees and shrubs
- Weed the flower gardens and freshen up the mulch
- Home Repair! Dented gutters, peeled window sills, loose siding… fixing these now will not give the future buyer any red flags.
- New roofs are always highlighted in a listing. So if your roof looks like it’s weathered too many storms, now would be a good time to replace it. Call your insurance agent first as it may be covered.
- If you are thinking of listing your home in the cold winter months, take photos of your gardens and landscaping over the summer, if you can. I love to see these displayed in the home book for buyers to see what your home looks like in the warmer seasons
- Dust light fixtures and fans, ceilings and woodwork
- Wash windows and screens
- Strip and re-caulk plumbing fixtures
- Scrub the grout in tiled areas
- Shampoo carpets and get those stains out – new carpet is expensive!
- Utility Room: Dust off your furnace and water heater. They will instantly look newer! Those spiderwebs will have to find another home.
- Organize every closet and cabinet… one at a time. This is the best time to donate, sell or give to a lucky friend anything that will not be going with you to your next home. Why wait until you sell, you still have to deal with it? This is also a great time to pack the things that you are keeping but don’t need in the next 6 months. If you clear out a wall in your storage area, then you can stack all of the moving boxes in an organized way. Now it will be easier to keep things clean for future showings.
- Paint the walls a warm neutral color… nothing is better than a fresh coat of paint. No more scuffs and dents. Your home will look clean and new.
- Deep clean appliances and don’t forget about the oven!
- Revive your cabinets and update your hardware. I use Restore-A-Finish. Apply it with a rag, let it sit and wipe away – so easy for rewarding results!
- If you have a little extra $ in your budget for updating your appliances and countertops, now is the time! Granite and Stainless Steel adds so much to the kitchen and buyers LOVE updated kitchens!
– Stacy Edwards Staging and Design for Chris Rooney & The Preferred Home Team