Home Premarketing checklist

Preparing your home for sale will make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to sell. By following a few simple pre-marketing tips, you can eliminate any buyer objections before they arise by doing needed repairs, maintenance and improvements.

Outdoors:
Spruce up gardens and lawn, trim shrubs and replace dead plants; Arrange neatly and clean outdoor furniture; Paint your front door for good first impressions; Manicure your yard and ensure drive way and entryways are free of cutter.

Exterior:
Ensure mailboxes, house numbers, and exterior lighting is in good working condition; touch up paint where needed around the home; inspect chimneys for damage and cracks; repair any loose trim, drain pipes and fencing; and clean window and screen stains. Garage: Remove clutter and straighten up shelves; clean and scrub floors.

Living areas:
Apply new paint if needed with neutral toned paint; clean carpets and drapes; replace burnt out light bulbs; clean fireplaces and any smoke stains.

Kitchen:
Clean and de-clutter sinks, appliances and counter tops; Wash and wax floors; clean oven, refrigerators and other appliances; clean any tile and grout that is stained or dirty and replace tiles if needed.

Bathrooms:
Clean mirrors, chrome, glass and any other surfaces; put in a new shower curtain; repair leaky or dripping faucets; clean caulking and grout if needed.

Closets:
Ensure doors, closets and drawers open easily; remove clutter and straighten up shelves and racks; arranged clothes and shoes.

Overall tips:
Check out the basics around the house. It only takes a few minutes to ensure all windows, doors and cabinets aren’t loose, don’t stick or squeak; Clean furnaces, A/C coils, and hot water heaters to show your home is well maintained.

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