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MOVING CHECKLIST

You’ve decided to sell your home!  When selling, it’s important to look at your home from a different perspective…the buyer’s perspective.

The Home Enhancement Checklist provides you with insight and direction on how to get the most money and quickest sale for your home by making minor changes and repairs.

Tidy up!
When a home appears cluttered, buyers can’t “see” the home or it’s potential. By storing items you don’t need or use, your home will feel more inviting to potential buyers. When selling a home, less is more!

Clean up!
A clean home gives the impression that it has been well cared for. Strive to make your home visually and aromatically appealing. Remember: Paint in the can is worth $20, but it’s worth $1000 on the wall!

Patch up!
Minor repairs often become major stumbling blocks for potential buyers. Take away those distractions by fixing minor issues before they become major.

The finishing touch!
The little “extras” make a home feel special. Remember, your home is competing with others in your neighborhood. Make your home stand out!

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The Exterior

Tidy up!

Mow the lawn and trim trees and shrubs away from the house
Rake leaves, pull weeds and dispose of dead plants, flowers and shrubs
Store tools and other equipment neatly in the garage

Clean up!
Wash windows, inside and out
Sweep all sidewalks and driveways

Patch up!
Repair doors and windows
Repair major cracks in sidewalks and/or driveways
Repair roof shingles, shutters, gutters, windows, siding and fencing
Clean up the front/back yards with new sod, plants, flowers and mulch if needed

The finishing touch!
Add a doormat at the entrance
Add a potted or hanging plant
Add new house numbers

The Kitchen

Tidy up!
Clear extra gadgets from all kitchen countertops
Remove all messages, pictures and magnets from the refrigerator
Clear away any papers, mail or newspaper that may have accumulated on countertops
Clear sink, stove and countertops of all dishes, pots and pans

Clean up!
Wipe down cabinets & polish sinks
Clean all appliances, inside and out
Wash kitchen floors
Air out garbage area with a deodorizer and/or freshener

Patch up!
Repair any faucet/sink leaks
Repair any broken appliances
Repair any non-working kitchen cabinets and drawers
Patch and paint walls and ceilings, if necessary

The finishing touch!
Add a new throw rug
Add a plant

The Bathrooms

Tidy up!
Remove any unnecessary items from the countertops
Organize linen closets, medicine cabinets, etc.

Clean up!
Clean sinks, toilets, bathtubs and showers, and make sure they are mold-free
Polish mirrors and bathroom fixtures
Wash bathroom floor

Patch up!
Repair any faucet, sink and/or toilet leaks
Caulk and grout tile, if necessary
Patch and paint walls and ceilings, if necessary

The finishing touch!
Add a scented candle
Add coordinated towels and accessories
Add a new shower curtain

The Living Areas

Tidy up!
Remove piles of papers and magazines from tables
Rearrange furniture; discard worn furniture and store “extra” pieces
Straighten bookshelves

Clean up!
Clean and deodorize all carpet, spot cleaning where necessary; wash all floors
Polish all furniture
Wipe down lighting fixtures, making sure all light bulbs are working
Wash window treatments
Clean fireplace, if applicable

Patch up!
Patch and paint walls and ceilings, if necessary

The finishing touch!
Display linens on table
Add fresh flowers, potpourri or a scented candle
Rearrange pictures to highlight specific areas
Add lamps if room is dark

The Bedrooms

Tidy up!
Straighten children’s play area and store extra toys
Remove extra furniture and rearrange to define areas
Make closets more appealing by storing seasonal clothes elsewhere
Be sure all clothes are hanging up and not lying around the room

Clean up!
Clean and deodorize all carpet, spot cleaning where necessary
Wash window treatments
Wipe down lighting fixtures, making sure all light bulbs are working

Patch up!
Patch and paint walls and ceilings, if necessary

The finishing touch!
Add decorative pillows to beds
Add a plant

The Garage and Basement

Tidy up!
Organize all areas: laundry area, family area, workshop, garden equipment, etc.
Box up and store or dispose of any unnecessary items

Clean up!
Sweep and clean floors
Remove cobwebs from walls, window sills and ceilings
Wash windows, inside and out

Patch up!
Make sure furnace, A/C and hot water heater are in working order

Here Comes a Buyer...

Before each showing, be sure to complete these last minute touches to make your home standout and look great!

EXTERIOR
Pick up after pets
Pick up lawn tools, toys, etc. lying around the yard
Clear driveways and walk areas

INTERIOR
Open curtains for daytime showings and close curtains for nighttime showings
Open windows to “freshen up” your home
Do a quick tidy up
Play instrumental music
Burn a candle in the kitchen and in the living room