From an article on the Briggs Freeman blog:
One Briggs Freeman client took six days to diligently go through a check list her agent had given her to prepare her home to sell. After putting the house on the market, she received two offers after only three showings – both over list price. Before putting your home on the market, ask your agent for an individual plan. You can use these tips below to create your own success story:
- Clean every room and remove clutter. This will help make your home appear bigger and brighter.
- Re-stage furniture and remove pieces where necessary. (A professional stager is very helpful.)
- Hire a professional cleaning service every couple of weeks while the house is on the market.
- Shampoo and vacuum the carpets.
- Remove clutter from counters, closets and attics.
- Clean the fireplace and hearth.
- Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, molding and other woodwork.
- Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
- Put new grout in bathrooms if necessary.
- Clean and press the drapes or curtains.
- Clean windows and dust blinds.
- Repair flooring and tiling throughout the house.
- Repaint soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade. Apply the same colors to carpets and flooring.
- Remedy animal odors.
- Clean oven, range and microwave as well as kitchen appliances.
- Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
- Trim hedges, weed flowerbeds and prune trees regularly.
- Unclog gutters and downspouts.
- Make sure light fixtures are operating properly.
- Replace any screens that have holes or fraying.
- Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
- Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
- Add a few pots of beautiful flowers or annuals near your front entrance.
- Keep your garage door closed.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
- Pressure-wash the exterior if necessary.
WHEN SHOWING YOUR HOME
- Open draperies and curtains before prospective buyers arrive.
- Keep your home set at a comfortable temperature.
- Play soft music throughout the house.
- Leave the house while a prospective buyer is viewing the home and avoid having too many people present at the same time.
- Keep pets out of the way.
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