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Sellers

Preparing your Property

Outdoors

  • Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants
  • Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape
  • Clean or paint your front door – remember first impressions last the longest!
  • Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter

Exterior

  • Check that house numbers, mailbox, and exterior lighting are all in good condition
  • Touch up with fresh paint as needed
  • Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage
  • Repair loose trim, drain pipes, and fencing
  • Clean stains and window screens

Garage

  • Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves
  • Clean the floor

Overall

  • Apply fresh paint as needed. Think about brightening your interior with neutral-toned paint
  • Clean draperies and carpets
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle

Kitchen

  • Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle; remove any clutter.
  • Wax the floor
  • Clean the oven range and other appliances
  • Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary

Bathrooms

  • Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces
  • Replace shower curtain if necessary
  • Fix any faucet drips or leaks
  • Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary

Closets

  • Doors and drawers should open and close easily
  • Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks
  • Clothes should be neatly arranged

Indoors

  • Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are too loose
  • Clean your furnace and water heater so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained