Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Thinking about putting your home on the market and selling?  How does your home compare against the other homes in your town?  I always tell the sellers I work with that "the devil is in the details", and explain a little effort goes a long way.  Buyers have a tendency to over calculate the cost of minor repairs and every small item that needs to be addressed by a seller is an excuse for the buyer to offer anything but full price.  Here's a handful of items you can easily tackle now if you're thinking about jumping into the market this spring.

* Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas.

* Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

* Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is peeling paint.

Clean and align gutters and downspouts and inspect and clean the chimney.

* If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it. Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

* Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.

* Repair broken outdoor steps. Place brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements near the front door.

* Keep your garage door closed. Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles elsewhere while the house is on the market.

* Wash the windows inside and out.

* Clean walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.

* Get rid of clutter. Store appliances you normally leave on countertops. Clean out closets, garage, basement and attic.

* Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.

* Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.

* Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.

* Repair dripping faucets and shower-heads.

* Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

* Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

* Unclog slowly draining sinks and tubs.

* Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.

* Mend torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.

* Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

* Make sure every light switch works.

* Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads and lubricate any squeaking doors.

* Remove excess, worn or unattractive furniture.

* Clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven).

* Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

* Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.

* Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.

* Keep draperies and shades open to let in the light.

* Place fresh flowers throughout the house.

* Set out colorful, luxurious towels in the bathroom.

* Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.

* Keep any toys in the children’s rooms, bikes, wagons and skateboards in the garage.

* Play pleasant music at low volume.


Joshua Matthews is a licensed Associate Broker in both NH & ME.  He has earned the ABR, RCC and CMHS designations and is GREEN certified as well.  Over the course of his 15+yr career, he's come up with a marketing strategy that he has successfully implemented in almost 50 different towns and in addition to all of his other business/sales, he's helped more than 100 families get their homes sold quickly and for top dollar which had previously been unsuccessfully marketed by other, local agents.  If you have questions about your local market, feel free to reach out to Joshua at or his direct line is (603) 781-4030.