- Spruce up all around the house. Keep lawn and shrubbery trimmed and free of bicycles and other clutter. Keep the garden beds weeded and mulched.
- Put a flowering pot on the front step and keep it watered and trimmed.
- Fill any cracks or potholes in your driveway and tidy up walkways.
- Clean off your outdoor furniture; remove any rust (or toss out the rusted item).
- Clear out the garage of everything but cars. If yours has become a tow-car attic, throw out the excess.
- Garage doors are the most looked at feature of your home. In many cases they represent what the client first sees before viewing the rest of your home. Now is the time to be sure they are in top shape? Possibly a fresh coat of paint in order? Just remember the clients may spend more time waiting in your driveway before they come in or as they write an offer. Be sure the doors are closed during the showings.
- Straighten gutters, the mailbox, the fence - and other things that sag.
- Fix doorbells, tighten loose door-knobs, and oil squeaking hinges.
- Repair broken windows and shutters.
For Sellers: 29 Tips to Sell Your Home
Your home will sell. There's no question about that - in today's market or tomorrow's, good or bad. However, if you put your home on the market without preparing it for sale, you may have a long wait for an offer. You also may not realize your home's greatest return on investment. You don't have to turn your pockets inside out to get ready to sell. Some outlay may be necessary for painting, for replacing worn woodwork, carpeting, cabinet doors, or for repairing broken fixtures or appliances. There are, however, many fix-ups that cost absolutely nothing - except a little time and elbow grease. These fix-ups will make all the difference in whether or not your home makes the most of itself. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready to show itself off to your pocketbook's best advantage.