WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME
A SPOTLESS INTERIOR WILL REINFORCE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION FOR YOUR HOME
Interior dirt and clutter can obscure your home’s good points. Start with a full housecleaning from top to bottom. Store unused or unnecessary items in closets and storage areas or hold a garage sale. Eliminate clutter and your home will look more spacious — an important selling point. Take an inspection tour of your home, observing it as a potential buyer would. Use the following checklist to make sure it is ready to show:
• Walls are clean and free of smudges, fingerprints and dents.
• Woodwork and wallpaper are inspected for problem areas; wallpaper is cleaned and woodwork waxed.
• Badly worn furniture is temporarily stored in a family’s or neighbor’s attic or basement.
• Curtains and drapes are freshly laundered.
• Rugs and carpets are shampooed. Floors are waxed.
• Loose doorknobs, sticking doors, windows and warped drawers are repaired.
• Leaky faucets are fixed. Water discoloration in sink is eliminated.
• Loose stair banisters are tightened and steps are free of objects.
• Light fixtures are in good working order and discolored or cracked switch plates are replaced.
• Closets, shelves and drawers are organized to display spaciousness.
• Clothing is hung neatly, shoes and other objects are neatly arranged.
• Bathrooms are sparkling clean. Tub and shower caulking is repaired.
• Bedrooms are neat. Bedspreads and curtains are attractive. The kitchen is clean and tidy, including cupboards, stove and oven.
• The basement, attic and garage are clean and well organized.
• Mirrors, picture frames and glass covering pictures are clean.
• Mirrors are strategically placed to create an impression of added space in problem areas.
• Lamp shades are in good condition.
• Electrical connections are plugged in.
• Consider painting walls and replacing carpeting if cleaning doesn’t do the trick.
• Keep lighting in mind when you show your home. Good lighting will make your home seem more cheery and spacious.