Market Preparation Guide

Properly preparing your home for sale is one of the best ways to make a favorable impression that will help it sell more quickly and for the best price. We can help you stage your home or refer you to a staging professional. But there are a lot of things you can do yourself, both before and during showings, to improve its appeal.

BEFORE SHOWINGS:

■ Turn on all interior lights, even during the

day, and exterior lights at night.

■ Make the temperature comfortable—

approximately 68 degrees.

■ Keep pets in a separate area, and change

litter boxes daily.

■ Put money, medication and other valuables away and out of sight; preferably in a safe or your car’s trunk.

■ Keep curtains, drapes and shades open.

■ Open all doors inside the home, except

closets.

DURING SHOWINGS:

■ Be out of the home. A buyer will likely spend more time previewing your home if you’re not there.

■ If you can’t leave the home, try to stay out of the way, and keep children quiet and out of the way.

■ Don’t precede or follow potential buyers

through your home.

■ Let the Buyer’s Broker show and sell your

home.

Here’s a checklist to help you identify areas in your home that may need improvement in order to make the best impression on potential buyers.

YARD

❑ Lawn

❑ Hedges & Shrubs

❑ Flower Beds

❑ Fences & Gates

❑ Walks & Driveways

HOME EXTERIOR

❑ Paint

❑ Trim Paint

❑ Porches, Decks, Railings

❑ Brickwork

❑ Siding

❑ Front Door

❑ Roof

BATHROOM(S)

❑ Tub

❑ Shower Enclosure

❑ Tile & Grout

❑ Sinks & Counters

❑ Toilet (s)

❑ Faucets

❑ Floor

❑ Walls & Ceiling

BEDROOM(S)

❑Traffic Patterns

❑ Furniture Arrangement

❑ Window Coverings

❑ Closets

❑ Floor/Carpet

❑ Walls & Ceiling

ENTRY, LIVING, DINING, FAMILY ROOMS

❑ Traffic Patterns

❑ Furniture Arrangement

❑ Window Coverings

❑ Fireplace

❑ Floors/Carpet

❑ Walls & Ceilings

KITCHEN

❑ Countertops

❑ Cabinets—Exterior & Interior

❑ Appliances

❑ Faucets

❑ Sinks

❑ Floor

❑ Walls & Ceiling

BASEMENT

❑ Stairway

❑ Floor

❑ Storage Areas

❑ Finished Areas

❑ Windows & Window Coverings

GARAGE

❑ Door

❑ Storage

GENERAL

❑ Doors

❑ Windows – Clean Inside and Outside

❑ Window Frames and Tracks

❑ Lights