GET YOUR HOME READY TO SELL: Want your house to sell fast - review this short list and complete these easy DYI fixes. First Impressions, and pricing your home correctly, are the two most important aspects to getting your house sold.
OUTSIDE: INCREASE CURB APPEAL - Get the buyer to your front door
Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.
Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.
Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.
Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.
Wash the windows inside and out.
INSIDE: INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE BUYER STAYS IN YOUR HOME LOOKING AROUND, or how many times they come back to visit
Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.
Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.
Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors
Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.