Seller’s Survival Guide

Selling your house? There’s loads of competition! And just like you want to look your best for an important event, so must your home — if you want the best price for it. Get the competitive edge by doing what it takes in advance.
Use the following checklist as you begin discussion with your real estate agent on just what you need to do to make your house most desirable:
Before selling:
__ Weed & feed lawn
__ Repair|clean windows & screens
__ Repair & paint fences
__ Clean siding
__ Clean & repair gutters
__ Scrape & paint trim
__ Replace front door screen; paint door
__ Clean garage|paint floor
__ Seal driveway|add crushed stone
__ Trim hedges|shrubs
__ Remove lawn clutter
__ Replace welcome mat
__ Repair door bell & door locks
__ Clean entry hall
__ Clean closets
__ Paint|touch up walls & ceilings
__ Shampoo carpets
__ Wash & wax floor
__ Remove worn wallpaper
__ Remove excess furniture
__ Clean fireplace
__ Replace light bulbs
__ Clean cobwebs
__ Clean shower curtains
__ Grout tub|showers
__ Clean oven & stovetop
__ Wash door frames & light switches
Before showing & open houses:
__ Close garage door
__ Clean kitchen counters
__ Pick up toys & tools
__ Remove trash|garbage
__ Clean table tops
__ Set the dining room table
__ Turn on all lights
__ Put on pleasant music
__ Secure pets
__ Make beds
__ Open blinds|shades|curtains
__ Add flowers inside & out
__ Set temperature at comfort level 

Have the following on hand:
__ Property brochure
__ Survey map|plat plan
__ Utility bills
__ List of home improvements made
__ Current tax bills
__ Local school info