Preparing your home to sell!

    You can significantly influence the selling price of your house by preparing it and your property before putting it on the market! Here are suggestions to improve a buyer's first impression of your home. Review the checklist now, before every showing, and before photos are taken. Check to see exactly what the camera will "see". By all means, look carefully at walls, floors and ceilings for signs of wear, marks or need for repainting or wallpapering. And, don't forget to look at trim, including doors and windows.

 

CURB APPEAL - Property seen from the street:

Healthy, weed-free, neatly cut, trimmed lawn

 

Shrubs trimmed neatly

 

Trees, shrubs trimmed to not touch the house

 

Sealed black-top driveway

 

Weed-free driveway, front walk, shrub areas

 

Toys, garden tools, clutter removed from yard

 

HOUSE EXTERIOR - Front view from the street:

Recently painted siding

 

Recently painted, touched-up trim

 

Repair, repaint fences, gates

 

Clean, align gutters, downspouts

 

Wash, align shutters

 

Wash all windows, storms, screens

 

FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE AREA - Exterior:

Clean, wash, scrub front steps, porch as needed

 

Check front doorbell and bell light

 

Replace welcome mat

 

Paint or wash storm door, lubricate hinges

 

Polish brass door lockset and brass hinges

 

Clean and wash front door tread

 

FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE AREA - Interior:

Clear interior entry area or foyer of all clutter

 

Reduce volume, clutter in the front hall closet

 

Clean and polish the front entry floor

 

Wash, polish and replace bulbs in light fixture

 

Remove fingerprints, scuff marks on trim, walls

 

Paint to lighten and refresh entrance area

 

LIVING-FAMILY-DINING ROOMS:

Repaint or touch up walls, ceiling and trim

 

Repair or replace damaged molding, trim

 

Remove electric plates, clean and replace as needed

 

Refinish, clean, wax hardwood and vinyl floors

 

Shampoo carpeting

 

BEDROOMS:

Repaint, repaper, touch up walls, trim, ceiling

 

Replace or clean drapes, bedspread, accessories

 

Shampoo carpet or clean, polish floors

 

Organize, clean out, neaten all closets

 

Clear off top surfaces of all bedroom furniture

 

Put all clothing away, out-of-sight.

 

KITCHEN:

Paint walls, ceiling, trim white or light color, or...

 

Wallpaper with small pattern and light colors

 

Remove wax, scrub, re-polish floors

 

Wash, wipe down, wax cabinets/appliances

 

Thoroughly clean range, ovens

 

Clean out refrigerator and wash interior

 

Empty dishwasher, clean around controls

 

Check operation of all appliances

 

Neatly arrange and clean food storage areas

 

Reorganize and clean out cabinets and drawers

 

Neatly arrange and display dishes in cabinets

 

Clear all clutter from counter tops

 

Check to see that drawers/doors open easily

 

Wash or replace curtains

 

Clean or put away pet feeding

 

BATHS:

Paint or wallpaper using light colors

 

Scrub tile, bleach, repair grout

 

Check to see that drawers/doors open easily

 

Clean, polish floor as appropriate

 

Clean out medicine cabinet, wash inside and out

 

Seal around tubs and showers

 

Check for evidence of water at toilet base

 

Replace old toilet seats

 

Replace shower window curtains

 

Buy a set of new, color coordinated bath linens

 

LAUNDRY:

Check operation of appliances and clean them

 

Clean, organize laundry area, remove clothes

 

Provide adequate (bright) light to area

 

GENERAL:

Remove clutter, papers, unnecessary items

 

Replace burned-out bulbs throughout the house

 

Remove cobwebs from ceilings, corners

 

Remove paint splash on tile, floor, cabinets

 

Wash, polish all door hardware, handrails

 

Reorganize, clean-out all closets

 

Replace switches, outlets that don't work

 

Add colorful plants, flowers to several rooms

 

Replace or rejuvenate pillows, accessories

 

Clean out, sweep, organize garage

 

Organize, make neat basement and attic storage

 



 

Lutter Realty

201 East 7th Ave

Redfield, SD 57469

605-472-2311