List Your House and Sell, How to Prepare

 A guide to get top dollar on the open market

  • Find a great real estate agent

  • Declutter your home

  • Get a storage unit or put items in attic

  •  Create Curb appeal

  • Clean house throughly 

  • Lock up valuables

  • Depersonalize your house

  • Repaint walls

  • Patch holes in walls/floor/ceiling

  • Fix loose handles

  • Get rid of odors

  • Stage for open houses

  • Determine repairs needed

  • Finish ongoing projects

  • Rearrange Furniture

  • Get fresh plants/flowers

  • Create a welcoming entryway

  • Upgrade lighting

  • Fix pet issues

  • Update Paint

  • Wash exterior

  • Clean gutters

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  • Get a home inspection

  • Add technology/Security

  • Fix fencing

  • Roof Repairs

  • Fix Cracks in Driveway

  • Fix foundation/structural issues

  • Repair termite damage

  • Remove wallpaper

  • Update cabinet hardware

  • Consider getting new decorations

  • Update the bathroom

  • Get all your paperwork ready (Deed, insurance)

  • Work on landscaping, keep it clean

  • Plan out how to keep kids busy

  • Get specific advice from an Agent

  • Get plumbing inspected

  • Unclog any drains

  • Make sure you have operating manuals for appliances

  • Get a home worth analysis 

  • Remove clutter from front yard

  • Clear yard equipment from lawn

  • Mow and water lawn

  • Weed yard and garden

  • Prune trees & bushes 

  • Plant flowers

  • Clean front entrance

  • Clean entryway

  • Repaint or replace front door

  • Fix broken windows, shutters, screens

  • Polish door handles

  • Replace address numbers

  • Replace or update fixtures

  • Replace worn or broken items

  • Replace burnt out light bulbs

  • Upgrade Lighting

  • Replace welcome mat

  • Wash all windows and floors

  • Clean backyard

  • Remove gardening equipment

  • Clean outdoor grill, barbeque and lawn furniture

  • Repair missing deck slats

  • Repair screens

  • Repair concrete cracks

  • Store items that make yard look cluttered

  • Make sure sprinklers are working

  • Clean and repair pumps/filters for pool/jacuzzi

  • Clean ponds/fountains

  • Remove excess furniture

  • Remove excess collectibles

  • Remove excess artwork and photographs

  • Clean out closets and cabinets

  • Organize Closets

  • Organize drawers

  • Clean out garage

  • Clean out attic

  • Clean out basement

  • Paint Interior Doors

  • Clean baseboards

  • Clean scuffs off walls

  • Fix any water damage

  • Fix termite damage

  • Abatement for mold/asbestos

  • Clean counter and tabletops

  • Clean appliances, replace if broken

  • Scrub bathroom

  • Remove carpet stains

  • Shampoo carpets

  • Get rid of odors

  • Remove cobwebs

  • Clean fireplace

  • Clean or replace drapes

  • Wash pets

  • Clean litter box

  • Clean fish tank

  • Add fresh smells

  • Remove mildew

  • Stage your home

  • Find contractors

  • Make repairs

  • Inspect and clean chimney

  • Repair/replace work shingles

  • Wash Exterior

  • Paint Exterior

  • Clean, paint and align gutters

  • Clean grease/oil spills from driveway

  • Check foundation for cracks

  • Caulk windows, tubs, showers and sinks

  • Make sure toilets work 

  • Install new carpeting

  • Replace outlets or switches

  • Make sure your fire alarms are up to code

  • Make sure you have energy efficient water fixtures

  • Inspect electrical

  • Upgrade or replace electrical panel

  • Fix broken roof vents

  • Paint fascia

  • Be prepared to leave the house on short notice for showings.

  • Maintain landscaping and curb appeal

  • Clean mirrors, sinks, and showers

  • Be prepared to fix broken items or pay for it (less risk loosing buyer)

  • Make sure all nooks are organized (buyers open drawers and doors)

  • Make sure your house can remain "show ready"

  • Think we made this up? This is a list of everything we did to sell our house!