Wednesday, January 9, 2008

30 Things Before Putting Your Home on The Market

Guest Contribution from Jill Wente, Realtor
Prudential Gary Greene - Spring, Texas
Phone: 281.804.8626 /

Top 30 things to do before putting your home on the market. Make your home's "First Impression" its "Best Impression"

  1. Trim your shubbery

  2. Add color with flowers and potted plants

  3. Powerwash the front sidewalks and driveway

  4. Clean the pine needles from the roof

  5. Repaint to a neutral color walls with vivid colors

  6. Wash the windows

  7. Refinish your front door and polish the hardware

  8. Get a new door mat that says "Welcome"

  9. Clean up after your pets

  10. Organize the garage to make the space seem larger

  11. Make sure all your light bulbs are working and replace any burnt out ones

  12. Replace old, stained, worn out carpet. If they don't need replacing have the carpets professionaly steam cleaned

  13. Remove excess furniture that make your rooms look small

  14. Wipe down the walls. If the walls need more than a thorough cleaning, apply a fresh coat of paint.

  15. Powerwash the exterior of the home

  16. Set out "show towels" in the baths

  17. Clear away the items on your sink vanities and store them in the cabinet.

  18. Get as much stuff off the floors in your closets as possible. Thin out your hanging clothes. Neaten up the things on your closet shelves. These actions will make your closets look larger.

  19. Depersonalize your home. Put away family photos, sports trophies and yoru collectibles.

  20. Organize your pantry

  21. Remove all the items from the top of your kitchen counters. Only leave out those items that you absolutely use on a daily basis

  22. Remove everything from the top, front, and sides of the refrigerator.

  23. Repair or replace any leaky faucets

  24. Make your fireplace the focal point of the room instead of the television

  25. Dust all the light fixtures

  26. Recaulk the grout around your shower and bathtubs

  27. Clean your tile grout

  28. Check all the ceilings for water stains. If an active leak exists repair it. If the stain is from an old repaired leak, repaint the ceiling.

  29. Dust the baseboards

  30. Freshen the air by deodorizing pet areas

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