The condition of your home’s exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal.

– House number should be easy to read

– Lights on timers to ensure house is lit up after sunset

– Eaves troughs, and down spouts in good repair

– Garage/car port clean and tidy

– Litter picked up

– Cracked or broken window panes replaced

– Doorbell and door hardware in good repair

– Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.

– Mow, edge and weed the lawn frequently until the home is sold.

– Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.

– A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.

– Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.

– Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.

– Fences should be mended and painted.

– Wash all windows inside and outside.


Warm and welcoming!

– Lights should be on and drapes should be left open during daylight

– A/C or Heat set at a comfortable temperature

– Fresh flowers/plants in various rooms

– Chipped plaster and paint touched up and repaired

– Doors and cupboards properly closed

– Leaky taps and toilets repaired

– Burned out light bulbs replaced

– Squeaky doors oiled

– Mirrors, fixtures, and taps cleaned and polished

– Seals around tubs and basins in good repair

– Floors cleaned, garbage containers emptied

– Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy

– Valuable property, out of reach, out of sight, or locked away

– Pets absent, where possible, or contained during showings

– All torn screens should be repaired or replaced.

– Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat.

– White or light pastels are the easiest to work with and they make your rooms look larger.

– Fireplace lit in cooler weather

– Air conditioner turned on in warm weather

– Countertops neat and polished

– Appliances cleaned

– Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy

Quick Tips courtesy of the Regional MLS.