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Preparing Your Home For Sale

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  • keep house clean and tidy -- put away any clutter
  • clean and organize counters
  • remove unnecessary appliances and other objects
  • clean and organize the garage


  • use potpourri or air fresheners (no pet or food odors)
  • put fresh towels in all the bathrooms
  • have manuals and warranties on hand
  • if you have unusual colors on your walls, repaint in neutral
  • make sure hinges and knobs are tightened and doors close properly
  • fix any leaky faucets or running toilets


  • trim and fertilize lawn, shrubs and trees
  • clear debris from lawn and the border of the home
  • plant flowers or put a flowerpot by your front door
  • make sure paths and patios are clean and in good repair


  • make sure the garage door is greased and working properly
  • replace any missing or torn screens
  • make sure the house address numbers are easily visible
  • replace stray or warped roofing shingles
  • straighten sagging gutters
  • polish and door brass -- make sure the doorbell works properly
  • replace a worn doormat


  • paint and / or clean the front door
  • sand and repaint and chipping or peeling areas
  • clean and paint windows and sills
  • repaint or replace your mailbox if it shows signs of wear
  • repaint or touch-up indoors where necessary


  • clean walls, doors and woodwork (no fingerprints)
  • clean all appliances, including inside
  • consider hiring a professional cleaning service
  • clean and spot-treat all carpeting
  • polish wood floors and vinyl flooring


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