DE-CLUTTER: Take an objective look around and clear out as much as you can. Buyers like to see clear countertops and surfaces. You want buyers to imagine themselves in the space, so family photos, momentos, and “dust collectors” need to be packed up!
ORGANIZE: Remove; review; give away; throw away, store away, and tidy–Everything.
REPAIR: Make simple repairs such as paint and spackling touch ups, replace light bulbs, cracked windows, and fix leaky faucets, torn screens, cabinet doors etc..
CLEAN: Deep clean from top to bottom. Windows, upholstery, carpet, refrigerator, oven yes, and buyers open them. Vacuum and wipe down everything. Empty trash daily.
MAINTAIN: Keep your front entrance and yard neat and inviting; add fresh color with healthy potted plants.
REMOVE: Any personal property not included in the sale should be removed including lighting, window treatments, and pets; As well as all pet bowls and litter boxes.
PAINT: The least expensive, most effective thing you can do in addition to cleaning and organizing is paint. A fresh coat in a neutral color can enhance your property.
BRIGHTEN: Light equals space. Prior to showings, wash windows, raise blinds, and turn on lights. Add lamps to brighten dark rooms or corners.
INSPECT: Hire a professional, licensed inspector prior to putting your home on the market to find and eliminate potential problems before they become a buyer’s issue.
DISCLOSE: By law, sellers must disclose: existing structural and mechanical problems, flooding, leaks, and other defects. Withholding this information can lead to litigation after the close of the sale.