Plan Ahead

Walk through each room and criticize the home interior-home-page_bigfrom a buyer’s perspective.

Consider getting a professional home inspection and make necessary repairs.

Sell, donate or trash anything you don’t need.

Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize

Steam clean carpets and drapes.

Get rid of all dust.

Paint interior walls with neutral colors, like beige, cream or light pastels

Repair cracks and holes in the walls.

Pale blues and greens are good for bathrooms.

Remove excess and oversized furniture.

Rearrange furniture to maximize space.

Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.

Thoroughly clean the entire home.

Scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Clean hardwood floors.

Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry.

Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and pet items.

Remove family photos, personal collections and medications.

Remove items from the garage and store them off site.

Mop and wax/polish the floors.

Clear the countertops.

Replace outdated hardware.

Clean appliances and fixtures.

Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.

Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs.

Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.

Keep all toilet seat lids closed.

Hang fresh towels.

Appeal to the Senses

Bake cookies or burn scented candles.

Offer light refreshments.

Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.

Turn on all the lights.

Open windows to let in fresh air.

Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.

Turn off TVs.

Relocate pets on the day of the open house.

Refrain from smoking in the home.

Show Off Home’s Best Features

Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.

Pull back drapes to showcase nice views.

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