Potential home buyers will be looking for visual clues that your home is well cared for. How much work a house appears to require will impact the offering prices you receive, so it's worthwhile to make sure that everything is in good working order.
Be mindful of the odours left behind by pets and smokers and consider using an environmentally friendly room fragrance to neutralize unpleasant scents. Replace light bulbs and add light fixtures in dark hallways, including basements, garages and closets.
Ensure all plumbing fixtures are clean and in good working order. Outfit leaky faucets with new washers and clean any visible stains on porcelain fixtures. Replace old, worn shower curtains and bath mats.
Curb Appeal = Drive By Success!
First impressions can be everything. Many people simply drive by a listing and make a decision based on your home's curb appeal. So, don't forget the importance of creating a well-manicured entryway - to entice potential buyers. Maintaining a neat and attractive exterior to your home will show buyers that you take pride on your property.
Look critically at your front entrance: does the door or the porch railing cry out for a fresh coat of paint? Polish the door handle and invest in a new welcome mat.
How about the house numbers? Perhaps a fresh set of numbers are in order?
What about the Mail Box? Is it dirty, work out, too small, paint chipped? Time for a new one perhaps?
Remove Personal Items
Put away family photos, souvenirs, knick-knacks and personal items. These items are special to you, but the prospective buyer wants to envision their own personal items in your space. So, help them out... pack them away for your new house!
Create Ease of Movement
Rearrange furniture, remove and store extra furniture to create open areas that promote easy foot traffic through your home.
Show Off Storage Space
Clear out closets, basements and garages as prospective buyers are always on the lookout for ample storage space. Now is a good time to box up unworn clothes, toys and personal items for storage or charity.
Doors and Windows
Have windows cleaned inside and out. Potential buyers will be estimating their energy costs, so fix drafts by re-caulking windows and replace exterior doors if necessary.
Spray WD40 on all hinges so everything operates smoothly.
Walls and Floors
A fresh coat of paint instantly transforms a space, helping it to look neat, clean, and up-to-date. Always fix obvious wall imperfections like cracks and nail holes, before painting. Steam clean carpets and runners, and repair any chipped or loose floor tiles.
If your basement is finished, make sure that it is as spotless as the rest of your home. If it is used as a storage area, eliminate the clutter and organize all boxes. (This will also help you with your move!) Check for any signs of dampness or water leakage.
Furnace and Air Conditioning
Replace the furnace filter. Ensure both the furnace and air conditioner are working. Consider having them professionally serviced.
Consider planting a few bushes and colourful mature flowers to create an eye catching display. Ensure that your lawn is well manicured: mowed, watered and void of brown spots.
If it's spring or summer, plant colourful containers to flank your entrance. If it's autumn, rake leaves. During winter, clear the snow and ice from your walkway. Whatever the season, look closely to determine if any repairs are needed. All loose cement or rotting wood should be replaced.