are some tips for you to think about. In doing this, you will be ahead of most
of the sellers already on the market in the way your home shows. Remember you
have competition out there!
q Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house.
Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5
q Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. The
kitchen countertops should be as bare as possible. Clear refrigerator fronts of
messages, pictures, etc. (A sparse kitchen helps the buyer mentally move their own things into your kitchen.) A clean and neat kitchen
can surely help to sell a home!
q In the bathroom, remove items from the countertops, tubs, shower
stalls and commode tops. Keep only your most needed cosmetics, perfumes, etc.
in one small group on the counter.
Coordinate towels to one or two colors only.
Make sure that carpets are not in
the way of bathroom doors opening or closing.
q Be sure that the bathroom tubs, tile, sinks, shower floor &
ceiling & toilet bowls are free of mildew and look sparkling clean!
q Rearrange or remove some of the furniture if necessary. As owners,
many times we have too much furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our
personal enjoyment, but when it comes to selling, we need to thin out as much
as possible to make rooms appear as large as possible.
q Take down or rearrange certain pictures or objects on walls. Patch and
paint as necessary.
q Review the house inside room by room, and:
q Paint any room needing paint (choose light neutral colors, soft ivory or
off-whites- no gloss!)
q Clean carpets and vacuum drapes that need it.
q Clean windows and cobwebs from ceilings and chandeliers
q Make sure the closets and garage are not "too full".
Unclutter them as much as possible. Consider renting a storage unit if
q Replace burned-out light bulbs and repair any faulty switches. It is amazing how "little things"
can turn off a prospective buyer.
q Repairs and improvements that will facilitate a sale should be
made. Cracked plaster, loose doorknobs
and crooked light fixtures create a poor impression, but can be easily
q Make certain all rooms, are odor-free.
Non-smokers are increasing in numbers, and nothing turns them off more
than the smell of stale smoke.
Pet-related odors are equally offensive and can dampen buyer enthusiasm.
If there's a popular smell, lemon- scented polishes and waxes have captured the
number one spot. Do not mix too many scents throughout the house, especially by
lighting too many scented candles or using too many air fresheners. One candle
is fine and one scent is fine as long as it is very, very soft.
q Go around perimeter of the house and remove all garbage cans, discarded
building materials, etc., into the garage or trash.
q Check gutters and/or roof for leaks and/or dry rot. Make sure they are
swept and clean.
q Look at all plants....prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from
Remember: "YOU CAN'T SELL A
HOUSE IF YOU CAN'T SEE IT."
q Weed and then mulch all planting areas. Keep lawn freshly cut and
fertilized. Remove any dead plants, shrubs. Consider planting some bright
flowers along the pathway to the front door. Try
a brightly planted flower pot next to the front door
if you do not have a walkway.
q Clear patios and decks of all small items, such as small planters,
flowerpots, charcoal, barbecues, toys, etc.
q Check paint condition on the house, especially the front door and
q Do shutters, shingles, stones or bricks need replacing?
q Check exterior stairs and handrails; walkways, screens and screen
IMPROVING CURB APPEAL REALLY WORKS!
q Try to look at your house "THROUGH
A BUYER’S EYES" as though you have never seen it before. Go to the
street in front of your home and look at the house as a buyer would see it for
the first time. Walk around the outside and inside. Make notes of all items
that you are willing to spruce up, repair, or in some cases remove. Any time or
money spent on these items will bring you back more money in return, and
hopefully a faster sale. Once you
have made the repairs and
changes, perform another walk around to be sure you have achieved the best look
for your home!
***Check with your listing agent about
Township/Borough Use & Occupancy Requirements
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