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Fully preparing your home for sale can make a considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessary repairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below:



Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants

Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape

Clean or paint your front door - remember first impressions last the longest!

Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter



Check that house numbers, mailbox, and exterior lighting are all in good condition

Touch up with fresh paint as needed

Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage

Repair loose trim, drain pipes, and fencing

Clean stains and window screens



Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves

Clean the floor



Apply fresh paint as needed. Think about brightening your interior with neutral-toned paint

Clean draperies and carpets

Replace burned out light bulbs

Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle



Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle; remove any clutter.

Wax the floor

Clean the oven range and other appliances

Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary



Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces

Replace shower curtain if necessary

Fix any faucet drips or leaks

Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary



Doors and drawers should open and close easily

Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks

Clothes should be neatly arranged



Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don't stick, squeak or are too loose

Clean your furnace and water heater so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained