11 Ways To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

May 3, 2018

You've decided to sell your home, but you're not sure what to do to get your home ready to sell. You've done a good job of maintaining your home, but you want to make the process go as smoothly as you can. You also want to avoid last minute issues....issues that could cost you the sale of your house. Many of the items we find during a home inspection can be easily avoided with some basic maintenance and "freshening up" ideas that help indicate that you, indeed, have taken pretty good care of the home. Here are 8 things to do to prepare your house:


1. Exterior Woodwork

    Make sure all the woodwork on the outside of your home has been properly painted and caulked. This includes the trim around        windows and doors. Neatness counts.


2. Gutters and Downspouts

    Clean all gutters and downspouts and make sure they are all flowing freely to prevent potential damage to the eaves. Check for      proper alignment, damage, missing screws or brackets and repair or replace as needed. 


3. Roof Shingles and Flashing

    Have a licensed roofing professional check your roof shingles and flashing for repairs that may be needed. Nail holes should be        filled, raised shingles secured or replaced, and flashing caulked.



4. Decking

    If you have any decking such as a deck,                wooden stairway or landing, make sure these      are properly secured and flashed. If decking        shows signs of aging or has been bleached        by the sun, consider having the decking              stripped, stained and sealed for proper                weather protection. Unsightly decking could      deter some buyers.


5. Floor Structure

    If you have an older home or a home with            uneven flooring, consider having a structural      engineer inspect the home. Have the                    foundation checked for settlement and leaks.      Make the suggested repairs. You may even          want to share the inspection report with the        potential buyer and show the invoices from        the contractor who made the repairs.


6. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System {HVAC}

    Have a licensed HVAC professional fully service and clean your HVAC system. Ask for a written report from the service provider          concerning the condition of the system and equipment. Should there be any electrical or plumbing issues, hire a licensed                  contractor to evaluate and fix those issues.


7. Plumbing Fixtures

    Make sure all bathtubs and showers are well caulked to prevent water leakage into the underlying structure of the home.                  Commodes should be tightly bolted to the floor. Faucets in tubs, showers and sinks should be checked for any leaks and                  repaired or replaced as needed. Make sure to check the vanity cabinets inside for any signs of water damage. Be sure to check        outdoor water spigots, too. Leaks there should be addressed.


8. Fireplace

    Have your fireplace flue cleaned. A build-up of creosote is a fire hazard. Even a gas fireplace requires cleaning and maintenance.      Use a reputable company and be sure to save your invoice to show to the prospective buyer.


9. Windows and Doors

    Make sure all windows and doors close, lock and seal properly. Windows should raise and lower with relative ease and screens          should be clean and free from damage. Exterior doors should be weather-stripped. All locking mechanisms, on both windows          and doors, should be secured and easy to use. Doors should have strike plates and deadbolts should fit appropriately. Make            sure any interior window and door trim is well painted and caulked.


10. Appliances

      Be sure to check your appliances.          They should work properly, be                clean, and come complete with              everything they had when originally        installed. If you are missing the                silverware tray in the dishwasher,            for example, you may want to                  purchase a new one. 


11. The Little Things

    Do a thorough walk-through of your      home looking for missing outlet              covers, exposed wiring, broken light      fixtures, smoke detectors {which            should be located in every                      bedroom}, loose cabinet doors,              cabinet drawers that don't close            smoothly, vinyl flooring damage,            drywall damage, missing light bulbs,      and frayed carpeting. Most of these items can easily be addressed, and while they may not make or break a sale, they will help make your home look better to a potential buyer.


We hope this article helps you on your way to listing your home!



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