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Preparing your Home to List for Top Dollar (a checklist)
How to Prepare Your House to Sell for Top Dollar
Use this checklist to walk through and check what needs to be done. Better yet, call me today (206-218-8339) and I can walk through WITH you. We can discuss the pluses and minuses of specific remodel options and your goals in selling. I can also help you to see the extra items we should write in to the black check mark spots.
c Fresh paint and carpet throughout are ideal. At least paint over dirty, damaged or bright colored paint with a more neutral tone.
c Replace any burned out light bulbs or non-working light fixtures.
c Fix leaky faucets
c Take care of squeaky doors, difficult closets and jammed drawers
c Make sure your water heater has 2 straps, there is a CO2 detector on each floor, smoke detector in each bedroom, and your septic system will have to be inspected and pumped within 12 months.
c Furnace should show an inspection within 12 months also.
c Wax or refinish wooden floors, steam carpets and wash windows
c Dust fixtures, baseboards, furniture, art, and hard to reach places
c In the bathrooms; re-caulk around the tub, toilet and sink
c Polish metals
c Clean all appliances, inside and out
c Throw away anything in the fridge and pantry you don’t need
c A professional “move out” cleaning is often well worth the expense
c Mow and maintain your lawn
c Pressure wash the sidewalks, house, decks and wash windows
c Clean the roof, make sure there isn’t any moss on it and gutters are working well
c Trim shrubs & trees, remove dead plants and weed gardens around the house
c Fresh wood chips in garden areas will help it to look fresh and clean
c Dust fixtures and remove spider webs from the exterior of your house.
c Remove photographs and other personal items (Kid art on the refrigerator, replace photo gallery wall with one nice painting)
c Put personal essentials in a nice accessible box (tooth brushes, hair products, phone chargers)
c Take down and replace any built-in items you want to bring with you (light fixtures, door frame with growth marks, special mailbox)
c Donate, recycle or throw away anything you don’t need
c Clear off all your flat spaces (pack away nick-knacks, file paperwork; clear kitchen counters, nightstands, coffee table, bathroom counters, dresser tops)
c Remove all but the minimum needed furniture and minimum needed items in all your closets and cabinets
c Consider renting a storage unit for items and furniture you don’t need
c Do Not just hide things in a closet. The closets and garage need to be decluttered also.
Organize and Stage
c Straighten the items on your shelves and in cabinets (pantry, book cases, kitchen and bathroom cabinets)
c Organize your closets
c In the garage, similar sized boxes with lids or identical plastic tubs looks more appealing than mismatched boxes and loose items
c Calling a professional stager for a consultation can help you do the best with your belongings
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