Before you put your home on the market, you should ask a professional home stager or your realtor, “is my house ready for the market and for the home buyers? What steps do I need to take to make my home ready for the prospective buyers?”
If you car is like mine, and I believe most cars are now being made this way, a light pops up letting me know it’s time to be serviced.
Below is a general list of steps to get you geared up to tackle the projects in order to get your home ready for the market and the buyers.
- Exterior Paint – Take a closer look. Paint if the existing paint is tired or flaking off. Fresh paint is the best facelift for ALL homes.
- Fence – Check the condition and make the necessary repairs.
- Pathways and stairs – Power wash to remove moss and dirt.
- House number – The house number should be visible for the homebuyers.
- Garden – Fresh mulch and seasonal flowers make a HUGE impact; please don’t cut back here.
- Replace all exterior and interior burned out light bulbs.
- Running toilets and worn out toilet seats are not cool.
- Re-grout tile and around the bathtubs and sinks.
- Leaky faucets should be repaired or replaced.
- Replace any missing outlet covers.
- Tackle sticky drawers, squeaky doors and missing knobs and pulls.
- Replace worn carpet and shampoo the dirty ones.
- Fix holes in the interior and paint the walls and trim.
- Replace any broken glass/windows.
- Refinish the wood floors. Homebuyers LOVE wood floors in great condition.
- Take down broken blinds or tired and saggy curtains.
- Re-stain or paint cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- We love energy saving light bulbs, but for homes FOR SALE, we recommend regular light bulbs. Light sells homes.
- Clean out your attic and discard any items no longer needed.
- All appliances, including the garbage disposal, should be running and working well.
- Ask your realtor or home stager if it is necessary for you to repair or replace the roof; if old, it may not pass the inspection.
- Fireplaces and chimneys should be cleaned.