• THE FIRST IMPRESSION IS KEY
      To prepare your home for sale remember that curb appeal is very important - neatly manicured lawns and shrubbery will make a great difference. Remove as much clutter and if possible make sure the front door is clean or freshly painted. The fewer problems that come between your prospects and the sale of your home the better.
    • CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
      Add instant charm to your home by cleaning up in the living room, bathrooms and kitchen. Also think about making some changes such as fresh paint or wallpaper to add value to your home.
    • LITTLE FIXES GO A LONG WAY
      Such as making sure that there are no dripping faucets, worn out plumbing or burned out bulbs.
    • GO INTO THE CLOSET
      Take a good look at your closets and consider that your prospective buyers will be looking at the amount of space in the closet spaces. Organized closets appear larger.
    • LET THE SUNSHINE IN
      Pull back your drapes so that prospects will see a light, bright and cheery home.
    • PETS ARE BEST OUTDOORS
      When your home is being shown it is best to keep pets out from underfoot.
    • RELAX
      Prospective buyers want to tour your home with a minimum amount of distraction. Be friendly, but keep conversation light.
    • DON'T APOLOGIZE
      Regardless of the size and shape of your home, never apologize for its shortcomings. Let your Agent handle any situation where a prospective buyer makes a derogatory comment about your home.
    • ASSIST YOUR AGENT
      Your sale will progress much faster and smoother if showings are scheduled through her office.

    More Seller Tips

    (The most common simple to fix things found during a pest inspection)

    •  Vegetation in contact with the house: Trim all vegetation, (including trees), so it doesn't touch the house or any attached decks.

    •  Conducive debris in the sub-structural crawl space: Remove all wood, paper, cardboard, (including cardboard form boards around the concrete piers), and insulation that is lying on the ground. This includes any form boards that may still be in place.

    •  Caulking: Remove and replace all caulking in front of the tubs and showers caulk around the outside of all windows and doors caulk any seams and end joints of siding.

    •  Rain gutter issues: Clean all debris out of the gutters. Install any sections of gutter/downspout that may be missing. Install splash blocks at each downspout that does not go into an underground drain. Ensure that all gutters are sloped properly and are securely attached to the fascia board.

    •  Kitchen and bathroom vents: Kitchen and bathroom vents should be attached to individual roof vents that ensure that all of the discharge is completely outside the attic. Pointing them at attic ventilation vents, (roof, soffit or gable end), is not adequate.

    •  Dryer vents: Make sure that your dryer is not venting into the sub-structural crawl space or the attic.

    •  Improper foundation clearance: Make sure that there is at least 6 of clear space between the bottom of the siding and the earth. Trenching along the foundation is not acceptable; it becomes a place where water will pool directly next to the foundation.

    •  Earth-to-wood contact: Eliminate all earth-to-wood contact. Check all deck support posts, support posts in sub-structural crawl space, the bottom of deck stairs, trim boards around low decks etc.

    •  Plumbing leaks: Look for any plumbing leaks under sinks and crawl space. If any found have them fixed.

    •  Loose toilets: Check to see of your toilet is loose. If it is, tighten the nuts that secure the toilet to the floor.