Home Preparation Tips

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale

Exterior Tips

  • Mow and water regularly.
  • Remove garden tools, hoses, toys, and bicycles, especially from the front yard.
  • Dress patio furniture to impress with pillows for added warmth to your yard.
  • Rake lawn and keep clear of grass trimmings and leaves.
  • If you have pets, remove their daily contributions to your lawn.
  • Trim lawn edges at walkways and driveways.
  • Check decking for any repairs and stain if necessary.
  • If you have a sprinkler system - have it serviced.

Tree and Shrub Tips

  • Edge all planting beds.
  • Replace or freshen up mulch to create a clean/fresh look.
  • Remove all dead or ailing bushes and replace with healthy plants.
  • Prune bushes and trees so their shapes are well defined.
  • Fertilize your shrubs to maintain their healthy look.
  • Plant smaller bushes in front of larger existing plants for depth.
  • Plant in odd numbered groupings and various colors for contrast.

Interior Tips

  • Make sure walls are free of fingerprints and smudges.
  • Check tiled walls for missing pieces or loose grout.
  • Fix large cracks and holes, call a professional if needed.
  • Update wall hardware, towel bars, and clothes hooks.
  • Choose light, neutral colors for the walls.
  • Paint moldings and wainscoting for a fresh clean look.
  • Use mirrors to create an illusion of larger spaces.
  • Minimize the amount of personal photos on the walls.

Bedroom Tips

  • Be sure that beds are made for prospective buyers
  • Place all dirty laundry neatly away into hampers.
  • Add accent pillows and/or throw blankets to liven up a room.
  • Clean the clutter from bedroom closets and neatly fold/arrange clothes for an organized feel.

Bathroom Tips

  • Use towels, face clothes, small plants to soften a "cold" bathroom.
  • Replace shower curtains and rugs if necessary for a clean/fresh look.
  • Be sure all fixtures are clean and in good working order.
  • Check that the caulking is tight and not discolored.  Replace if necessary.
  • Check for proper flushing of toilets and make sure handles are secure.
  • Repair or replace loose pipe insulation.

Fireplace Tips

  • Have a fire going on cold, wintery days.
  • Remove ashes and clean the fireplace when not in use.
  • Check fireplace screens for holes and glass for cracks.
  • Be sure the mantel and hearth are in good condition.
  • Have a professional clean and check the chimney for issues.
  • Decorate the mantel with various items to warm up the space.
  • Use logs, tools, and equipment as decoration.

Appliance Tips

  • Be sure the appliances to be sold with the home are in good working condition.
  • Keep appliances clean during your home selling process, both inside and out.
  • Store away small appliances on show days to keep counters uncluttered.
  • Have your furnace cleaned and up to date on maintenance.

Window Tips

  • Clean windows and sills until they sparkle.
  • Make sure all windows move freely.
  • Freshen worn or flaky paint on windows and their casings.
  • Check awnings and shutters for holes, rips, or missing parts.
  • Repair cracked or broken windows and any repair screens if there are holes.
  • Open all window treatments fully to allow the greatest amount of light.
  • Turn on at least one light in each room, even in the day time.
  • Keep windows clear of all clutter or distracting items.

A clean and clutter free home will typically sell faster and for more money. 

Want more advice on how to sell YOUR home?  Contact The Elaine McDonald Team today!