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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Creating a warm, welcome feeling inside your home increases its desirability. View your home with a critical eye. Clean, complete minor repairs, and add finishing touches. A clean house with working appliances and no evident problems indicates to a potential buyer that the house has been well maintained.

Preparing the Interior

Doors and Windows

  • Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door.
  • Polish brass fixtures and be sure door locks work properly.
  • Oil hinges to both doors and windows.
  • Keep stairways tidy and secure handrail.
  • Repair or replace bent or damaged screens and window glass.
  • Cut back outdoor plants that restrict natural light or seem to crowd the house.
  • Keep windows clean and tidy with draperies firmly affixed and in proper working order.

Floors and Carpets

  • Repair or replace missing or damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards.
  • Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
  • Secure loose carpeting and replace damaged areas.
  • Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, high-traffic areas or pets.

Closets and Storage Areas

  • Ample storage space increases the desirability of the home.
  • Keep closets tidy.
  • Discard any unnecessary items and consider storing those you do not use frequently.

Bedrooms and Living Areas

  • Keep living areas clean and inviting.
  • Arrange furniture to allow a spacious atmosphere.
  • Make beds, arrange couch cushions, dust shelves, vacuum carpets and touch-up walls with paint or spackling as necessary.
  • Wallpaper should be clean and adhere smoothly to the walls.
  • Finishing touches such as flowers or candles add to the home's house warming appeal.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

  • Clear counters, drawers and cabinets of unnecessary items.
  • Clean soap dishes, mirrors, faucets and appliances (inside and out).
  • Store cleaning supplies and hang freshly washed towels.
  • Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, hampers, garbage and various foods.

Counters and Cabinets

  • Store infrequently used counter-top items to allow a spacious look in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Keep drawers and cabinets tidy and organized.

Garage or Workshop

  • Items should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units.
  • Allow appropriate space for the home buyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
  • Consider moving excess or over-sized items to mini-storage.

Preparing the Exterior


  • Replace missing slats, stakes and posts.
  • Repair broken hinges and paint or stain the fence if necessary.


  • Mow, trim and fertilize the lawn.
  • Weed flower beds and replace dead plants and trees.
  • Place new barkdust on beds where needed.

Driveway, Garage, Carport

  • Clean up grease or oil spots on concrete surfaces.
  • Make sure the garage door(s) opens freely and the automatic door opener is working.
  • Provide an unobstructed view of your home from the street by not parking cars, boats or other vehicles in the driveway.

Front Entry

  • Polish door handles and door knockers.
  • Replace worn or broken items, such as an unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.
  • Be sure porch lights are working and add welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants.
  • Paint the door and fix any trim if required.

Siding and Trim

  • Consider painting the highlight features of your home, such as trim work, shutters, gutters, down spouts and railings.
  • If necessary, add a fresh coat of exterior paint to the exterior siding.


  • Remove debris such as tree branches and leaves.
  • Straighten the TV antenna if present.
  • Make any necessary repairs to worn shingles or cracked surfaces.

Patio, Deck

  • Flowering plants and outdoor furniture add appeal.
  • Remove any unnecessary items such as gardening equipment.
  • Tidy any visible items, such as an outdoor grill or barbecue.