Preparing Your House for Sale

First and foremost, put it in the best condition possible especially if you are in a market with few buyers and lots of homes for sale. That means:

  • Taking care of any major repairs that could deter a buyer (such as replacing any broken windows or replacing a leaky roof) if you can afford it.
  • Make sure your landscape is pristine.
  • Mow the grass, clean up any debris and weed the garden beds.
  • Plant a few annual flowers near the entrance or in pots to be placed by the door.
  • Clean the windows and make sure the paint is not chipped or flaking.
  • Be sure that the doorbell works.
  • Clean and freshen up rooms, furnishings, floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Make sure that bathrooms and kitchens are spotless.
  • Organize closets.
  • Make sure the basic appliances and fixtures work.
  • Replace leaky faucets and frayed cords.
  • Eliminate the source of any bad smells, such as the kitty box.
  • Use air freshener or bake a batch of cookies before your open house to ensure that the house smells inviting.
  • Invest in a couple of vases of fresh flowers to place around the house and next to any information about the house you have prepare have prepared for buyers.

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