Here is a short list of things to consider doing to prepare your home to maximize the odds of receiving the highest offers:
l Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.
l Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
l Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.
l Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.
l Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept and free of debris
l Wash the windows inside and out.
l Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.
l Repair cracks, holes and damage to, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
l Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
l Repair drippy faucets and showerheads. Unclog slow drains.
l Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.
l Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
l Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
l Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
l Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).
l Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.