Selling a house can be stressful. Making the decision, preparing the house for sale, keeping it clean, waiting for a buyer, dealing with offers, and advancing to the closing table – all of these steps can involve discomfort. This is a huge financial transaction with many emotional aspects. But you can get it done – and it may even be easier than you anticipate.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’re not alone. An experienced, professional real estate agent can guide you through the process, help resolve any issues that come up, and ensure that your home sells for the optimal price in a timely manner.

Today’s buyers are looking for properties that are move-in ready. All showings and open houses need to make the right first impression. Here is a checklist you can follow to get your house ready for a showing or an open house:

Valuable Tips

Exterior (Seasonal)

  • Add color with mulch and/or greenery
  • Clean front door/garage
  • Maintain lawn/shrubs
  • Pick up toys
  • Remove pet waste, leaves, weeds
  • Sand/stain stairs and deck
  • Shovel and salt driveway and walkways

Main Floor

  • Address heating/AC
  • De-personalize
  • Ensure floors are clean
  • Hide signs of pet(s)
  • Have inviting scent
  • Remove clutter from front entrance
  • Remove garbage
  • Spotless kitchen
  • Turn all lights on
  • Remove clutter/confidential info

Upper Level

  • Address lighting (illuminate dark corners)
  • All beds are made
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Conceal valuables
  • De-personalize
  • No items on the stairs

Leave your house while it’s being shown to potential buyers. Your presence can make them feel anxious and awkward.
Write a letter about your neighborhood that your real estate agent can share with potential buyers. Include information on local events, neighborhood amenities and other factors that define the community.

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