Special Report: Sell Your Home Faster & For More Money


  • If something needs fixing, repair it before you sell your home. Don’t let a prospective buyer have concerns about delayed maintenance in your home.
  • Because of the duty of disclosure, any large repairs should be taken care of before you sell your home.
  • Touch up the paint on walls, woodwork, windows, and stairs; any peeling wallpaper needs attention as well.
  • Make sure that all windows operate properly.


  • Your home is about to become a “product” so it’s time to forget your personal likes.
  • Consider removing wallpaper that is either dated or very bold.
  • Paint rooms that have excessive color with a neutral “realtor beige.”
  • If replacing worn or colored carpet, again, think neutral.


  • Trim all shrubs particularly if they are overgrown. Consider fresh mulch in the beds.
  • Pull all weeds and rake all leaves from lawn and beds.
  • Plant blooming flowers in the beds.
  • Fill several large pots with flowers on the porch, deck or patio.
  • Keep lawn mowed, edged and well watered.
  • Consider giving the front door a coat of paint.
  • Pick up and discard or store all implements, materials and debris that are not part of the lawn decor.
  • Do not leave kids’ toys, balls, or bikes out on the driveway.
  • Wash all windows and replace any cracked window panes.
  • Garage should be swept, neat and tidy.
  • During the winter, all walks and drives should be shoveled and salted.
  • Reseal the driveway if blacktop.


  • Open all shades and draperies during the daylight hours.
  • Wash all interior windows.
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs with the maximum light producing bulbs.
  • Turn on all lights throughout the house and basement prior to showing the house.


  • Donate old, outdated, and rarely used clothes and household items to a charitable organization to clear your home of any items you do not want to move to your new home.
  • All clothing, shoes, hats, accessories, tools, papers, magazines, books and personal items not contributing to the decor of the room should be stored in closets or dressers.
  • All closets should be tidy, neat and clean.
  • Basement storage areas should be neatly arranged.
  • Kitchen counters should be clean and free of any articles not contributing to the decor of the room.
  • All magazines, books, ashtrays, food, bottles, containers, boxes, cans, toys, hobby accessories, tools, dishes, cookware, etc. should be stored in the proper cupboards or closets or storage areas.


  • The interiors of all closets should present an organized, tidy and uncluttered appearance; pay particular attention to the front hall or coat closet.
  • All unneeded or unused items should be discarded.
  • Display your storage and utility space to its fullest by removing all unnecessary accumulations in attic, stairways, basement, closets and garage.


  • Should be neat, clean, dry and tidy.
  • All materials and tools should be stored on shelves or in cabinets.
  • Discard as much unneeded material as possible prior to showing the house to prospective purchasers.


  • All windows should be spotlessly clean inside and out.
  • All window sills, as well as any space between the window and storm window should be clean and free of flaking and loose paint.
  • All windows should be in good repair, no cracks in the panes, and all operable.
  • Screens should be clean and in good condition, free of rust and holes.
  • Any paint on glass should be removed with a razor blade prior to cleaning.

Fixtures & Appliances:

  • All bathroom and kitchen fixtures and counters should be sparkling clean.
  • In the bath, polish chrome faucets and handles in tub and sinks, make sure all grout is clean, shower doors without any buildup, and toilet seat in good condition.
  • In the kitchen, clean the inside of oven, refrigerator, dishwasher as well as the cooktop.
  • Consider refinishing Corian counters if they need it.
  • Laundry room should be as clean as baths and kitchen; clean and dust the washer and dryer.


  • All flooring should be clean and waxed if necessary.
  • All carpeting should be very clean regardless of its age.
  • If the carpeting has not been steam cleaned recently, now is the time to do it.
  • Basement floors should be clean and mopped.
  • Consider replacing bold, dated, or damaged flooring.


  • All doors should be free of scotch tape, posters, decals, or stickers, including the refrigerator.
  • All door handles should be clean and in good repair.
  • Make sure that all exterior doors lock properly.

Ceramic Tile:

  • All joints between tiles should be clean and white.
  • Use DAP bathroom tile sealer to reseal the joint between bathtub and wall and floor.
  • Replace cracked floor tiles.


  • All walls should be clean and free of gouges, scratches, smudges, scotch tape, posters, thumbtacks, etc. Walls should only have decorative items.
  • Posters and paper pictures taped to walls should be removed and all evidence of the tape markings removed.


  • Nothing smells better than fresh air. On warm days, have your windows open and shades up.
  • A clean smelling house creates a very positive impressions but be careful not to overdue the home fragrance products. Make your home feel and smell bright, fresh and clean and you will have a faster sale. KEY POINT: People are very sensitive to different types of odors. Strong cooking smells, cigarette smoke, baby diapers, or pet odors can turn off a potential buyer. Do whatever is necessary to eliminate this possible objection.


  • Remember that less is more...remove excess furniture and clutter where ever possible to create a feeling of spaciousness.
  • Think “Model Home”- a special book left open...a vase of fresh flowers, decorative logs in or next to the fireplace, a basket of fresh fruit, bright placemats at the eating bar…You get the idea.
  • If you have photos of your home and yard during other seasons, share these with your realtor.
  • Avoid clutter throughout the home—clear counters and tables, remove items from the top of the refrigerator.

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