Preparing Your Home To Sell

General Suggestions & Recommendations:

  • Replace burned out light bulbs, use energy efficient, long lasting CFL/LED bulbs if possible.
  • Put outside lights on a timer to ensure your house is properly lit after sunset.
  • Touch up and re-paint walls as necessary/paint to more appealing color scheme if needed.
  • Replace damaged/discolored electrical and light switch covers
  • Pressure wash your home, driveway, patio, and fences.
  • Make sure your house number is visible and easy to read.
  • Clean and organize garage/carport/storage shed.
  • Replace cracked and/or broken windowpanes.
  • Make sure the doorbell and door hardware are in good repair.
  • Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, and fascia, and moulding.
  • Repair fence and gates, make sure latches work and doors open and close properly.
  • Wash windows both inside and out, repair blinds/window treatments.
  • Clean gutters and remove debris from roof, repair leaks & damaged shingles.
  • Steam clean carpets and floors. Replace carpet and refinish hardwood floors if needed.
  • Have HVAC serviced and duct work cleaned out, replace filter(s).
  • Have all appliances in working order & clean/sanitize.
  • Make sure sinks, toilets, showers, and other plumbing fixtures are in good working order with no leaks.
  • Install railing when three or more steps present in stairway.
  • Identify & repair any potential trip, slip, and other safety hazards to visitors.
  • Have the home deep cleaned by a professional cleaning company.
  • Remove any odor causing items and deodorize.
  • Depersonalize home by removing the majority of family photos if an abundant amount are present.
  • Update hardware on doors, cabinets, and fixtures, making sure they match. Repair any scratches.
  • Oil squeaky door, window, and cabinet hinges as well as kitchen drawers that don’t roll smoothly.
  • Make sure all locks operate properly and all keys are available.
  • Organize closets, allowing for maximum use of space and remove unused items to create more space.
  • Install low-flow toilets (in counties with low-flow requirements, un-incorporated DeKalb for example).
  • Check for mold & mildew, remediate as needed.
  • Get home inspected for Termites. Treat property if active infestation is found.
  • Have a deck contractor inspect any loose railings, cracked floorboards or deteriorated support beams.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to evaluate electrical wiring & properly label breaker/fuse box slots if needed.

NOTE: If you are unsure about the condition of your home, it may be a good idea to have your home professionally inspected prior to listing it for sale. A home inspection can identify potential issues, which allows the homeowner to repair those issues ahead of time and reduce the number of problems that may arise once a buyer has their own inspection. A pre-sale home inspection is a good idea for most home sellers and can greatly reduce the possibility of a contract falling through during the due-diligence period.