The first impression is the only impression.
1: Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum
carpet, mop hard floors, clean
countertops, clean windows).
2: Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
3: Replace all burned out light bulbs
4: Turn all TVs, computer screens and
ceiling fans OFF
5: Open blinds/window treatments to let
in outside light.
6: Remove personal photographs and
7: Make all beds.
8: De-clutter and depersonalize your
house. Store half of your stuff.
Do not jam things in the closet because
all buyers check the closets (under the
bed has worked for me.)
9: You won’t get your money back if you
do a huge improvement project
before you put your house on the
market. Consider updates like fresh
paint, a nicely landscaped yard,
10: Maximize the light in your home. Take
down the drapes, clean the windows,
increase the wattage of your light bulbs
and cut the bushes outside to let in sun.
1: Wash the dirt, mildew, and general
grunge off the outside of your house and
power-wash the roof.
2: Paint the exterior of your home if needed.
3: Missing, curled, or faded shingles add
nothing to the look or value of your
4: Repair hanging gutters, cracked front
steps, or peeling paint.
5: Remove all vehicles from driveway and
do not park directly in front of the house.
6. Move garbage cans out of sight. Hide
all and sprinklers.
7: If you have a pool, remove the pool
cover, cleaning equipment and any pool
8: Mow and rake yard. Sweep driveway,
sidewalks and patios.
9. Move all cars away from the house.