Apply a fresh coat of paint; and do necessary touch-ups (neutral colors are best). Use a professional painter, if possible.
Fix any minor items that need repair. Light switches, doorknobs, squeaky doors, burnt out light bulbs, etc.
More costly items to consider: worn carpet, broken windows, cracked tiles, outdated lighting, non-working or outdated appliances.
Declutter as much as possible. Any items you won’t need while the house is on the market should be boxed up and tucked away. Use the garage or a storage shed.
Have the home “white glove” clean for the professional photos just prior to listing.
Have the home “show ready” when you leave for work each morning. If you are going to be away only during the showing time, turn all the lights one and make sure blinds/draperies are open for optimal natural light.
In the winter months, keep sidewalks and driveway cleared. Use melting salt if needed.
A well-manicured lawn in the warm months is critical to curb appeal. (Including removal of dog doo-doo).
DO NOT DO:
Do not bombard the house with air fresheners. If there is an odor, address it and attempt to eliminate it.
Do not leave medications, firearms or money anywhere in sight.
Do not allow ANYONE access to your home without your realtor’s knowledge. This is for your safety!
For sale: Properties which are available for showings and purchase
Active contingent: Properties which are available for showing but are under contract with another buyer
Pending: Properties which are under contract with a buyer and are no longer available for showings
Sold: Properties on which the sale has closed.
Coming soon: Properties which will be on the market soon and are not available for showings.
Contingent and Pending statuses may not be available for all listings