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Posted by stephanie@showtimerealtyflorida.com on February 8, 2023
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With buyers, first impressions count!

A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show to a prospective buyer.

Reminder . . . **** REMOVE or SECURE ALL VALUABLES ****

A. THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE

1. The Yard

  • Cut and Edge the Lawn.
  • Trim bushes & trees removing all dead limbs & debris.
  • Add fertilizer/ greening agent to lawn & plants.
  • Remove all weeds from flower beds, rocks, & cracks in concrete. (Suggest Weed Be Gone or similar product).
  • Install/ Inspect decorative metal or stone borders between lawn & planting beds.
  • Clean up mulch/stone beds making sure the rock covers the ground
  • Add more mulch/stone where and/or if needed.

2. Decks, Patios, Driveways, Porches, & Fences

  • Wash driveways & sidewalks. Power wash, if necessary.
  • Patch holes & cracks.
  • Remove stains.
  • Replace any broken areas.
  • Paint and/or stain fences & decks.
  • Arrange outdoor furniture & firewood neatly.
  • Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, & toys.

3. House

  • Inspect all exterior elements of home:
  • Gutters, Downspouts, Siding Window Sashes Trim ,Shutters
  • Clean, paint, and/or replace as needed. No peeling paint, unpainted, or exposed-untreated-unstained wood.
  • Replace any broken windows, doors, & screens. Make sure they all operate properly.
  • Clean windows & screens thoroughly. This helps brighten the home inside.
  • Roof: Inspect for missing/ damaged shingles & flashings. Make any necessary repairs.
  • Clean & touch up paint on the little things: House numbers, mailboxes, doorbells, etc…

4. Front Porch: Extra Attention Needed!

This should be very welcoming.

  • Replace front door if damaged & cannot be repaired.
  • Paint door & trim.
  • Replace hardware, if needed –Door Knob/Lock/Hinges
  • Clean porch area. Make it Welcoming!
  • Put out a new & clean doormat.
  • Install potted/ hanging plants if space permits.
  • Have a nice porch light. Repaint, clean, or replace. Install high wattage bulbs to make the porch area brighter.

B. THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE

1. Whole House Improvements

*THOROUGHLY CLEAN ENTIRE HOME!*

  • De-Personalize your home. Remove family photos. They can be a distraction to potential buyers.
  • Clean windows & screens.
  • Clean curtains, drapes, & blinds.
  • Clean carpets. If pet stains exist replace carpet & pad.
  • Clean & wax wood floors.
  • Clean vinyl & ceramic floors.
  • Clean, paint, replace all vent covers.
  • Clean, polish, paint/stain wood trim in home.
  • Be sure to remove pet odor & smoke odor when cleaning. Smell is a huge part of what buyers remember about your home.
  • Remove wallpaper & borders (this is a personal taste & buyers see work when they see wallpaper).
  • Freshly paint home using white, off white or beige paint. This will match the buyer’s furnishings.
  • Repair damages to walls & ceilings. Includes: holes, cracks, & water stains. Sand-Repaint after repair. *Make House Light & Bright!*
  • Clean all lamp shades & covers.
  • Replace bulbs with high wattage bulbs.
  • Clean windows & screens.

2. Closets

  • Remove out of season clothing from closets.
  • Leave only a few items on the floor of closets.
  • Add extra, empty hangers, to show space.
  • Neatly arrange items on shelving.
  • Leave extra space on shelves.

3. Pay Attention to the Little Things

  • Tighten loose door knobs.
  • Fix any leaky faucets.
  • Tighten loose towel racks.
  • Oil any squeaky doors or drawers.
  • Arrange furniture to give an open feel. Remove any unnecessary or oversized furniture. “DECLUTTER”. ***ASK us about Services available for Staging Your Home.
  • Make sure all switches & outlets are clean & working properly.
  • Replace with new where necessary… small cost… BIG improvement.
  • Place fresh flower arrangements throughout the home.
  • Make sure windows open & close without squeaking.
  • Hide Prescription medication. Theft of these items is rising.

4. Kitchen & Baths

  • Thoroughly clean all counter tops, appliances, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, tub, & shower walls.
  • Store small appliances to open up counter space.
  • Clear off vanity counter tops & store all personal care items neatly.
  • Clean ventilating hood & exhaust fans.
  • Remove rust stains.
  • New knobs on drawers & cabinets make a difference.
  • Clean & organize drawers, cabinets, & linen closets.
  • Clean all tile grout & caulk. (Suggest Clorox Bleach Pen & Mr. Clean
  • Magic Eraser, or similar product). Re-caulk areas that cannot be cleaned.

5. Garage, Basement, Attic, & Storage Areas

  • Dispose of everything you are not going to move.
  • Arrange items neatly & clutter free.
  • Consider painting walls & ceilings white.
  • Remove stains & dirt from floor.
  • Paints floors gray.
  • Organize garden tools & equipment.
  • Wipe off dirt/cobwebs from the water heater, furnace, washer & dryer.
  • Cure water problems in basement. Seek professional advice if needed.

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