- Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants.
- Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape.
- Clean or paint your front door - remember first impressions last the longest!
- Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter.
- Check that house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are all in good condition.
- Touch up with fresh paint as needed.
- Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage.
- Repair loose trim, drain pipes and fencing.
- Clean stains and window screens.
- Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.
- Clean the floor.
- Apply fresh paint as needed… Think about brightening your interiors with neutral-toned paint.
- Clean draperies and carpets.
- Replace burned out light bulbs.
- Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle.
- Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle; remove any clutter.
- Wax the floor.
- Clean the oven, range and other appliances.
- Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.
- Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
- Replace shower curtain if necessary.
- Fix any faucet drips or leaks.
- Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary.
- Doors and drawers should open and close easily.
- Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks.
- Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.
- Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don't stick, squeak or are too loose.
- Clean your furnace and water heater so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.