Make Your Home Sell Itself

Notify address changes 2-4 weeks ahead of moving to:

  • Post Office
  • Subscriptions, Magazines or Newspapers
  • Utility companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Phone company/ interne. provider
  • Credit Cards
  • Banks
  • Lawyers or Accountants
  • Workplace or schools
  • Friends, Relatives, Business Colleagues
  • Sign up for services at new address

Other things to do 2-4 weeks ahead of moving:

  • Plan Garage Sale
  • Clean rugs or other clothing
  • Empty Freezer

If moving out of town:

  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account
  • Pick up items you're your safety deposit box
  • Get copies of children's school records for transfer
  • Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets
  • Doctors- get prescriptions transferred and ask for referrals/recommendations for new physicians
  • Automobile-transfer car title, car registration, tags, get new driver's license

Pay attention to detail, first impressions count with buyers. You only have one chance and it starts with what often referred to as "curb appeal" . This can increase your chances of getting quality offers quicker and top dollar for your home.

At the Front Door

  • Clean porch and foyer
  • Ensure doorbell works
  • Repair door or screen if necessary
  • Fresh paint or varnish front door
  • Repair door locks and key access

Exterior Appearance

  • Keep lawns cut
  • Trim hedges and shrubs
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Clear driveway and clean up oil spills
  • Clean out garage
  • Touch up paint
  • Add plants, flowers, or update landscaping

Maintenance

  • Repair leaking taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Tighten doorknobs and latches
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Touch up paint
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Repair seals around tubs and basins
  • Replace defective light bulbs
  • Oil squeaking doors
  • Repair squeaking floorboards
  • Neutralize Walls - Paint colors should be neutral and inviting

Organize

  • Create space
  • Clear halls and stairs of clutter
  • Store surplus furniture
  • Clear kitchen counter and stovetop
  • Clear closets of unnecessary clothing
  • Remove empty boxes and containers

Squeaky Clean

  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge and stove (in and out)
  • Clean around heating vents
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds

Create a Buying Mood

  • Turn on lights
  • Turn on air conditioner/heater
  • Open the drapes
  • Light the fireplace
  • Put Fresh Flowers Out
  • Remove Personal Items (family photos)