Follow these quick tips to ready your home for its best showing when you have 30 or fewer minutes’ notice.
Start where the potential buyers will start:
- Make sure that the front door presents well. Sweep steps, if needed.
- Pick up any out-of-place objects and store them away quickly.
- Open window treatments and turn on lights.
- Put any dirty dishes into the dishwasher.
- Make the beds.
- Put any dirty laundry inside the washing machine.
If you still have time:
- Run a quick vacuum and/or sweeper to give carpets and floors a fresh look.
- Wipe down counters and tabletops.
- Warm some vanilla on the stove to give the house a welcoming scent.
- While we would all like to have our houses in showroom condition 24 hours a day, we also acknowledge that we live in them. Do your best to present your house in its best light AND make sure that every potential buyer has an opportunity to view it—accommodate all showings possible.
Home Seller's Checklist
How To Make Your Home Look Great and Sell Quickly!
Thank you for listing your home for sale with Team Fahey of GMAC Country Ranch Real Estate. Your trust is sincerely appreciated. TOGETHER, we can make your home sell quickly and help you reach your goals. We’re a great team.
Probably the single most important thing you can do to make your home sell is to price it right.
Team Fahey will suggest a reasonable price range based on recent SOLD properties similar to your home, but only you, the Seller, set the price! If we don’t have Showings in the first two weeks on the market, a price reduction may be in order.
Maximize Your Space
- Paint Rooms Light Neutral Color.
- Remove Unnecessary Pieces of Furniture.
- Clean Out Coat Closet
- Clean Out Garage.
- Rent a Storage Unit for Extra Items – Have a Moving Sale.
- Remove Small Pictures From the Walls.
- Remove Items From Countertops.
- Put in Higher Wattage Light bulbs.
- Remove Some Toys to Storage Unit.
- Take Extra Leaf Out of Dining Room Table.
- Check Walk Flow to Make Sure Potential Buyers Don’t Have to Walk Around
Your home will be compared to Model Homes that are vacant and always clean and open!
Buyer’s First Impressions
- Repaint Exterior, if needed (may need trim only).
- Pressure Wash the Home and Driveway.
- Sweep the Front Porch.
- Keep Newspapers and Flyers Picked Up.
- Replace Missing Shingles, as needed.
- Clean Windows Until They Shine — Scrape, if Necessary.
- Remove Children’s Toys and Bikes.
Your home’s “Curb Appeal” (or first impression from the street as you approach the home) will be the thing that entices the potential buyer to take a look inside.
- Clean the Kitchen From Top to Bottom.
- Clean the Oven.
- Clean the Refrigerator.
- Remove all Refrigerator Magnets and Items from the Front of the Refrigerator.
- Put Away Most Small Appliances.
- Put Away Items off Countertops.
- Clean the Inside of the Dishwasher — Try Running it With the Soap Dishes Filled with Powdered Instant Lemonade (like Countrytime). The Citric Acid Works Wonders!
- Clean Out Drawers to Eliminate Fears of Too Little Space.
- Remove Pet Dishes, Toys and Litter Boxes From Kitchen.
- If the Laundry Room is off the Kitchen, Make Sure it’s Uncluttered, Neat and Clean.
Entrance to Home
- Paint Front Door.
- Create Distinct Entry with Divider, Plants, Hallway Hutch.
- New Floor mat at Entry.
- Clean Cobwebs from the Doorway.
- Eliminate Odors – Pets, Smoking, Kitchen, Basement (There is a fantastic product called Simple Solution which is available at pet stores such as Pet Smart. Eliminates all types of organic odors!)
- Clean Ceramic Tile and Grout.
- Repair Loose or Cracked Tiles.
- Downplay Dated Ceramic Tile Colors with White Towels and Window Treatments.
- Buy a New Shower Curtain — Avoid Patterns.
- Shine Chrome Fixtures — Stiff Brush with White Vinegar Works Great.
- Remove Stains from Sink. Replace Rusted Sinks.
- Repair Leaky Faucets.
- Remove Personal Toiletries on Display.
- Glue Down Wallpaper Where it’s Loose or Curling
- Use Fancy Basket for Books and Magazines.
- Replace Toilet Seat(s).
- Repair or Replace Exhaust Fan.
- Install GFCI Outlet.
- Put New WHITE Tablecloth on the Table.
- Use a Centerpiece on the Table.
- Place Fresh-Cut Flowers in a Vase on the Table
- Light, then Blow Out Candles.
- Clean Chandelier Bulbs and Globe (Dust Regularly). Globes May be Run Through the Dishwasher.
Living Room (Applies to Entire Home)
- Limit Family Photos.
- Silence any Squeaky Floors.
- Remove Any Crowded Furniture — Open the Rooms Up!
- New Bedspread.
- Make the Beds Everyday.
- Keep Headboards Clear and Free from Clutter.
- Be Sure Children’s Toys are Put Away.
- Remove any Bulky Furniture. Make Rooms Appear Large.
- Remove any Dark or Outdated Wallpaper. Paint the Walls with a Light, Neutral
- Clean Out Closets – Make Them Appear as if There is Plenty of Room to Spare.
- Organize Shoes on Shoe Racks.
- Don’t Store Valuables in Sight – Place Jewelry in Drawers or Store Away from the Home.
- Trim all Hedges and Shrubs. Strive for Neat Appearance.
- Add Mulch to Flowerbeds and Shrubs.
- Repair Fence.
- Plant Flowers or Add Pots/Containers of Bright Flowers.
- Clean Pool as Needed.
- Provide a Fact Sheet on Swimming Pool — Show the Cost and Time Involved in Upkeep.
- Old Rusted Lawn Furniture
- Old Rusted Grill
- Dead Trees or ShrubsOld Flowers from Past Season
- Leaves, Dead Branches, Weeds and Debris
- Garbage Cans — Store Neatly in the Garage.
General Hints and Tips
Please don’t be home for Showings. The Buyer will spend more time looking if the Seller is not there. Go to the neighbors. Walk the dog. Go to another part of the home while the prospective buyers are in another section of the home. The goal is to have the potential Buyer think of the home as theirs.
Open all curtains, drapes and blinds during the day.
For evening Showings, turn on all the lights before you leave.
If anything is broken, you must disclose the issue. Even easier … have it fixed!
Sprinkle a few drops of vanilla on a warm stove burner to create a pleasing smell in the home. Remember to turn the burner off!
Alternatively, you can warm a pan of water with a few drops of vanilla in the oven. Bake bread or cookies to fill the house with a pleasant smell.
Run the vacuum cleaner every morning before you leave the house.
After your shower, dry the stall and tub with a towel.
Please refrain from smoking in the home. Remove all ashtrays. Remove strong cooking odors. See note under Entrance to Home for help with odors (Simple Solution). A neutral smell is important.
Please keep the interior and exterior brochure boxes filled with the supply Team Fahey will give you. Let us know if you run low on brochures or business cards.
Let us know if any doors are left unlocked or windows are left open by agents showing the home.