Seller Tips

Tips to Get in Tiptop Showing Shape

Look at your home as though you are seeing it for the first time. Is every room neat, spotlessly clean, dusted, and uncluttered? Steam clean carpets and wax floors. Wash walls, windows, and light fixtures. Use polish on all trim and wood surfaces. Tighten loose stair railings.

These rooms should sparkle! Clear off counters. Clean all appliances and fixtures. Replace chrome burner plates on the range. Scrub floors and walls—repaint if necessary. Recaulk tubs and showers. Clean thoroughly and be sure these rooms smell fresh.


Rearrange or remove furniture to make your rooms look more spacious. Pack away knickknacks from end
tables and coffee tables. One or two items per surface is plenty.

Remove out-of-season clothing. Take those things to your favorite charity that you’ll discard anyway when you move. Organize shelves; straighten shoes. Be sure that sliding doors operate smoothly in their tracks and knobs on drawers are secure.

Dust/wash off lint from washer and dryer. Remove stains and mineral deposits from furnaces; even dust and polish the furnace and hot-water heater.

Do everything you can to brighten the interior. Replace dim bulbs with bright ones, replace wallpaper with off-white paint, repaint shabby or dark walls, and replace dark or worn carpets with neutral colors. Open the blinds and replace broken windows and window seals. During the winter, maintain a comfortable temperature even if you are away for an extended time.

Clean, straighten, and repaint/re-stain if necessary. Tighten loose railings. Neatly arrange the patio furniture and toss out old or rusty items.


First impressions really do count. Be sure the front door and screen are in good repair. Paint the front door a warm, rich, inviting color. Sweep away any pine needles and cobwebs. We tend to overlook this area, especially when we don’t enter our home through the front door.

The presence and/or odor of a pet should be avoided. Even a friendly dogs barking can frighten a buyer. If you can’t remove your dog, try to confine him to the garage or dog run. Be sure the cat’s litter boxes are clean. Have your cat stay at a neighbor’s or friend’s home, if possible.


Do these things now and get the benefit of enhanced appeal to buyers. Since buyers tend to “horrible-ize” every minor flaw, minor repairs performed now will help prevent delays in the sale of your home later. The dollars you spend will repay you tenfold.