The curb appeal of your house is one of the most important first impressions that is made on a buyer. Prior to listing your house on the market, you should keep your lawn cut, trim all hedges and shrubs, weed and edge gardens, clear the driveway and clean up any oil spills, touch up paint, and make any necessary repairs.
- Small improvements often make a huge difference. Making minor repairs to the following items help make a great first impression on prospective buyers that are interested in your home:
- Repair any leaking taps and toilets
- Clean the furnace and filters
- Tighten doorknobs and latches
- Repair cracked plaster
- Touch up paint
- Clean / repair windows
- Repair seals around tubs and basins
- Replace defective light bulbs
- Oil squeaking doors
- Repair squeaking floorboards
Take a look around your house and see what you can do to reduce the amount of clutter in each room. Clear all halls and stairways of clutter, store any excess furniture, reduce the number of items displayed on the kitchen countertops and stovetop, clean closets of unnecessary clothing, and remove any empty boxes and containers.
Make sure your house is squeaky clean before putting it on the market and maintain a more in-depth cleaning schedule while your house is up for sale. This often means more than your typical cleaning schedule. Spend some extra time on those additional items that you do not clean as often: clean the inside and outside of your stove and fridge, clean/vacuum all vents, clean around the washer and dryer, clean carpets, drapes, and window blinds, freshen all bathrooms in the house, and lastly clean all of the baseboards.