|13. Start by walking through the house and
making a list. Do your carpets
need shampooing? Floors need a fresh coat of wax? Dust all ceiling fans
especially the blades and wash light
14. You're going to have to pack when you move anyway, so go through
your closets and pack up everything you don't need for the next couple
months. A closet with only a few neatly arranged items creates an
impression of abundant storage space.
15. Thin out overcrowded rooms. Ever notice the model homes sparse
furnishings? They make the rooms look larger. Consider renting a
facility to store excess lamps, tables, and large items that eat up
in a room.
16.Go through and pack up most of your family pictures and collections
model ships, stamps, quilts, or anything that might cause a buyer to
and look at your collections of stuff instead of your house.
17.Check all light fixtures to make sure all the bulbs burn. Use the
largest wattage bulb that you safely can to give off more light.
18. Wash all your windows and make sure window treatments are clean and
good repair. Keep the window coverings open whenever possible to let in
19. With a good degreaser, wipe down everything in the kitchen so it
clean to the touch. Clean your stove and oven; replace stove eye pans
20. Go through your kitchen cabinets and pantry to make sure they're
and tidy; give any food that you don't plan to use right away to the
21.Make sure your sinks are clean at all times and free of dirty dishes
22. Remove all excess items from your counters to give the impression
lots of work surface.
23. Pleasing aromas add to the appealing atmosphere we're trying to
establish for your buyers; consider keeping a saucepan of potpourri on
stove to give off an appealing scent.
24.Clean all light switch places by taking them off and washing with
and water; replace if necessary.
25.Make sure the bathrooms are spotless at all times with fresh towels,
decorative soaps, and all fixtures are shiny, scrubbed, and in good
26. Check all faucets and shower heads to make sure they're spotless
free of leaks and drips.
27. Repaint interior rooms if needed with neutral colors.
28.Don't forget your ceilings too; years of living in a home with
smoking, and other everyday activities can stain ceilings. Paint ages;
repaint if needed.
29. Don't have large, space eating house plants sitting around; give
away or ask a neighbor to store them until you move.
31.The more light you can get into a room the bigger and more spacious
room will appear. When you leave for a showing, turn on lights in rooms
that are normally darker than you would like and make sure the window
coverings are open to admit outside light.
32. An old decorator trick to bring in more light as well as make rooms
appear larger are mirrors; either hanging on a wall or on a stand.
33. Pack away and store out of season clothes. Get rid of extra
Straighten up your shoes (consider some inexpensive shoe racks from a
discount store like K-Mart or Wal-Mart).
34. When painting don't forget the interiors of closets and the closets
doors; make sure all closet and interior doors open and close
35. Check where ceilings meet wall and clean all cobwebs, this is a
commonly overlooked area when cleaning, along with tops of tall
items such as hutches, entertainment centers, etc.
36. If you have a pet make sure there are no odors. You may not notice
odors since you live with your pet every day, have a neutral third
give your home a "sniff" test for objectionable odors that may turn
37. Also, when buyers come to visit, keep your pet under control, or
yet, get a friend or neighbor to "pet sit" for you while the buyers are
38. It's important that you leave the house for all showings. Buyers
less inhibited if you're not around and will usually take a closer look
closets and in kitchen cabinets, as well as voice any objections that
agent can then deal with. If the buyers won't make comments because
following them around pointing things out then your agent can't deal
any potential problems that may hinder making an offer.
39. If you have several vehicles make sure the spot closest to the door
buyers enter through is empty for them.
40. Freshly baked or even store bought cookies & little snacks along
an appropriate beverage (hot in winter, cold in summer) along with a
saying "Please Sit Down and Enjoy a Treat While You're Here" will make
home more memorable even if they don't take anything. Remember little
things can go a long way towards getting your home sold quickly for the