Blog

Preparing Your Home for Sale

By Kaitlin Lovern

Remember: First Impressions are the Strongest!

When buyers make a decision to purchase a home, they do it emotionally! The feeling they get from the house and the way they picture themselves enjoying the home are two of the most important factors in the decision to buy. The following list offers suggestions to help the potential buyers create their own good feelings and visualize themselves owning your home.

EXTERIOR

Does the house need painting?
Are there any holes or cracks?
Are the walks and porches clean and in good repair?
Doe the front of the home give a “Welcome” appearance?
LANDSCAPING
Does the yard look well maintained?
Trees and bushes trimmed/lawn mowed?
Is it free of weeds?
Are the decks and patios clean?
ROOF
Does it leak, sag or have shingles missing?
Is the chimney in good shape?
INTERIOR

WALLS
Any cracks or holes?
Is paint/wallpaper in good shape?
KITCHEN
Are the appliances clean and working?
Are the cabinets/countertops in good condition and tidy?
Is the tile grout clean?
Is the sink stained, chipped or in need of re-caulking?
CEILINGS
Are there any water stains, cracking or peeling?
Do they need painting?
CARPETS
Are they clean, have spots or faded areas?
Do they need stretching?
BATHROOM
Do the faucets work and sinks drain freely?
Are the toilets in good condition?
Are the shower doors shiny?
Do the tubs need caulking?
Is the floor in good condition?
Are the vanities/mirrors in good condition?
WINDOWS
Do the drapes/shutters/shades work properly?
Are they clean and open and close easily?
Are any screens bent?
DOORS
Are they in good condition/need paint?
Do they seal tightly with no sagging or sticking?
Do you need to replace the storm doors?
FIREPLACE
Is it clean and attractive?
Is the screen in good shape?
ATTIC
Is it organized and clean?
Is there sufficient lighting
Does the access function well?
Are there any signs of insects/rodents
GARAGE
Is it organized and clean?
Is there sufficient lighting?
Before the Inspector Arrives

Remember: Repairs made prior to the inspection will save time and aggravation.

Cut tree limbs away from the house
Wash stained siding and brick to remove discoloration or mildew
Install splash blocks at downspouts
Clean gutters and repairs where necessary
Repair all rotted wood and paint to match
Remove any items against the house or garage
Repair and replace damaged screens
Clean chimney
Clean and inspect heater
Check A/C; it should cool to 20 degrees below outside temperature
Check condensing unit & clean away any debris, leaves, grass, etc.
Test all smoke detectors & add new batteries where necessary
Toilets should be secured (should not rock)
Make sure all tubs and/or showers do not leak into wall when water is sprayed from fixtures
Have all cracks in masonry repaired by professional mason
Repair dripping faucets
We hope these tips have been helpful to you in answering any questions you may have had. As always, please do not hesitate to contact your closer should you have any questions.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this transaction.

Click here to print the Preparing to List Your Home Checklist.

Contact Us

alt tag