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Before Initial Showing Checklist
If you want to get the best possible price for your house, start by making sure it looks its best, inside and out. The following checklist offers several easy things you can do to improve a buyer's first impression of your house. Go through it point-by-point before you list your house; while all the points may not apply to you, the process will help you develop an eye for the most attractive aspects of your house.
Repaint Siding
Repaint or touch up trim
Repair/repaint gutters and downspouts
Repair/repaint fences
Seal driveway
Remove oils stains from garage floor
Wash all windows
Remove all screens (windows look cleaner)
Trim trees, hedges, and shrubs
Weed and feed lawn
Remove all clutter (garden tools, toys, etc.)
Check working order of doorbell and exterior light
Replace welcome mat
Repair/repaint storm door and/or front door
Clear interior entry of all clutter
Clear and clean out front hall closet
Repaint or touch up walls and ceilings
Repair/replace old molding
Shampoo carpeting and/or wash and wax floors
Remove excess or unattractive furniture
Clean curtains, shutters, & blinds, etc.
Clean fireplace, mantle, and shelving
Replace old bedspreads
Repair or replace faucets and fixtures
Repaint or re-paper walls
Thoroughly clean range/oven, refrigerator and other appliances
Clear out and clean cabinets, drawers, and medicine chests
Remove clutter from countertops
Clean or replace curtains
Grout tubs and showers
Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains
Replace burned-out light bulbs
Clear cobwebs from corners and doorways
Wash light switches, handrails, and doorknobs
Clear and clean all closets
Add "welcoming" touches: potted plants, dried flowers, etc.