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Getting Your Property Ready to Sell


  • Remove all garbage cans, discarded wood, trash or any other unnecessary items from the yard and surrounding area.
  • Check gutters and/or roof for dry rot. Make sure gutters are free from leaves and debris.
  • Inspect all plants, prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking the windows.
  • Weed all planting areas.
  • Keep lawn freshly cut and fertilized
  • Remove any dead plants or trees
  • Clear patios and decks of clutter such as toys, small planters, flower pots, charcoal, etc.
  • Check the paint condition of the house – curb appeal matters!
  • Clean the windows! This is something that buyers really notice!


  • Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house, including personal photos
  • Keep decorative items to a minimum. The less “clutter,” the better!
  • Clear the refrigerator of any magnets or unnecessary items
  • Keep all bathroom and kitchen counters free of clutter
  • Rearrange or move furniture if a room seems full
  • Patch and repair paint as needed
  • Clean carpets and draperies if necessary
  • Be sure items stored in cabinets or closets are organized and not stuffed full
  • Clean all windows and mirrors
  • Pay attention to any offensive odors – pet odors and smoking odors are almost always an immediate turn-off to a potential buyer. Air out, freshen & use candles
  • A clean and tidy house shows the best


  • Leave some lights on during showings
  • Turn on soft music during showing
  • Try not to be present for showings, and take a short walk if you must be home.