Getting Your Home Ready for the Market

A few weeks prior to listing your house, do an inspection tour, trying to look at things through the eyes of a stranger. Make a list of things that need to be cleaned and repaired and estimate the time, cost and priority of each chore. Take a particularly good look at your bathroom(s) and kitchen. Time and money invested in painting and refurbishing these key rooms will have maximum impact.

Real estate agents who are interested in listing a home often provide recommendations for increasing its sales appeal. Pay attention to their suggestions. They know what matters to buyers and can be objective about your home’s flaws.

Prior to showing your house:

· Get rid of clutter on shelves, countertops and closets. Consider packing seldom-used items you don’t want to discard in boxes and storing them until you move.

· Put excess furniture and items that are showing wear in storage until you move.

· Rearrange the remaining furniture attractively (ask your agent or a friend to help you decide what goes where).

· Wash and/or paint walls that are dirty or chipped.

· Wash blinds and clean curtains.

· Shampoo carpets.

· Fix leaky faucets and appliances that don’t work.

· Get rid of junk that’s accumulated in your basement and garage. (You’ll have to do this before you move anyway, so why not get a head start?)

· Consider having a yard sale.