Getting your home ready to sell takes time and effort!
To minimize aggravation and maximize efficiency, put together a plan before you start.
3 steps to success:
1. Take a fresh look at your house. It's hard to see things from a potential buyer's perspective when you're used to seeing the house every day. Ask your realtor or a friend with great design sense to walk through with you and provide some suggestions.
2. Make a list of everything you need to do. Estimate the time and resources needed. Assign one person responsibility for overseeing the work and making sure it's completed. Develop a realistic schedule for completion of each item as well as the whole project. Some things need to be done before others can be started, so plan accordingly. Don't forget to account for bad weather, bad days and then need to sleep, eat and live your normal life.
3. Start working. Make sure you keep your list up to date, checking things off as they are completed, adding new items as they come up. Revising your schedule is critical to keep on track.
Here's a list to help you get started:
l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.
l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.
l Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.
l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.
l Wash the windows inside and out.
l Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.
l Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
l Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
l Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.
l Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.
l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
l Renail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.