Here is my starter list for prepping your home:
You only get one chance to make a first impression!
Buyers believe the condition of a home's exterior speaks volumes about the interior.
Be sure the house number is clearly visible from the road.
A new coat of paint will earn you far more than it costs, including labor.
Clean stains from walks and driveways.
Vinyl siding should be cleaned and checked for gaps.
Does the front door need a fresh coat of paint?
Polish or replace the front door kick plate.
Wash ALL the windows inside and out.
Check to see if screens need replacing.
Keep the grass cut and the leaves raked.
Freshen up flower beds with colorful blooms. (potted flowers look nice also)
Pull Weeds and replace mulch.
If you have a pool that is open make sure it sparkles!
Be sure all clothing is put away in a proper place
Organize all cabinets and closets.
Remove all personal mementos and photos.
Deep clean and deodorize the carpets.
Polish wood floors.
Wipe out the window sills and the baseboards
Open the blinds and curtains to let the sunlight in.
Dust, dust and dust again (blinds, fixtures, electronic equipment, tables, etc.)
Replace all non working bulbs.
Clean the oven and stovetop.
Be sure the bath is organized and stain free.
Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps in bathrooms.
Change heating and air filters.
Clean the fireplace.
Provide the last three months utility bills.
Make readily available manuals from appliances that will stay with the home.
Use place settings at the kitchen table and a centerpiece on any formal table.
Dab a little vanilla on a cool light bulb with a cotton ball.
Packs away your collectibles.
If your rooms look crowded you can temporarily store furniture or hold a garage sale before showing.
Your competition is ready to sell, are you?