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



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



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



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



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.



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



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



Check operation of appliances and clean them


Clean, organize laundry area, remove clothes


Provide adequate (bright) light to area



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