Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Real Estate

Now that summer is here, enjoy these great tips for getting your home ready to sell:

* Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.

* Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

* Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.

* Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.

* If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

* Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.

* Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.

* Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.

* Wash the windows inside and out.

* Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.

* Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.

* Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.

* Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

* Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.

* Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.

* Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

* Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

* Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.

* Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.

* Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

* Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

* Make sure every light switch works.

* Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.

* Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.

* Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

* Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

* Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

* Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.

* Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.

* Place fresh flowers throughout the house.

* Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.

* Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.

* Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.

* Play pleasant music at low volume.