The key to selling your home quickly and at the right price is in preparing it appropriately.  I recommend starting to pack and put things away in boxes that can be stored in the garage or offsite. Unfortunately, we don’t live in our home like we do when we are trying to sell it. In every room, we need to go through and remove and pack away most personal items so that when a prospective buyer comes through the home they can immediately look at the home and not be distracted by the seller’s items.

Here are some other tips to help you get started.

  • Give home a thorough cleaning
  • Oil door hinges, tighten door knobs
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned, or replaced if damaged
  • Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs and clean all light fixtures
  • Repair defective light switches
  • Get rid of clutter both inside and out
  • Cut and edge grass
  • Trim hedges and weed gardens
  • Paint, fix or wash railings, steps, storm windows, screens and doors
  • Clean out the gutters
  • Wash the windows
  • Tidy up the garage
  • Paint, wash and fix garage doors and windows
  • Touch up all interior paint

Here are some helpful tips for showing your home.

  • Maintain a comfortable temperature
  • Remove and pack away all non-essential items off the countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep the bathroom clean and wiped down each day
  • Keep the toilet seat down and keep plungers and garbage under the sink
  • Always clean dishes and counters before leaving for the day.
  • Put away items in the yard like garden tools, bicycles and toys.
  • Make sure your home is well lit.
  • Make beds each day
  • Remove all personal photos.
  • Remove clutter from tables and shelves. Less clutter creates the illusion of a larger space.
  • Keep money, prescription drugs, and other valuables out of view.
  • Add a ground up lemon to the garbage disposal to give the kitchen a fresh smell.
  • Open shades and curtains to let in light.
  • Turn on a gas fireplace to create a comfortable ambiance.
  • Keep radios and TV off—although oftentimes soft music in the background is a nice touch.