Home Improvement Tips




Clean & Clutter Free

  • Clean your home top to bottom
  • Remove clutter from rooms and closets
  • Keep bookshelves, entertainment units organized neatly
  • Clean the entryway to create buyers first impression
  • Clean all appliances inside and out
  • Clean all curtains, drapes and blinds
  • Keep windows and screens clean
  • Empty trash cans and recycling bins
  • Exterminate any insect problems
  • Eliminate pet odors
  • Clean and organize garage
  • Remove oil stains from garage floor
  • Pre-pack items which may clutter your home
  • Have a garage sale before the home is listed
Kitchen & Bathrooms

  • Clean sinks, toilets and tubs
  • Clean or replace shower curtain
  • Replace toilet seat
  • Replace missing tiles and clean tile grout
  • Caulk where needed in tub, toilet and sink areas
  • Make sure that there are no leaky faucets
  • Clean and organize contents in cabinets and drawers
  • Refinish kitchen cabinets
  • Tighten or replace loose doorknobs
  • Create counter space in kitchen
  • Repaint if color is outdated
Flooring & Walls

  • Replace old doors
  • Install new blinds
  • Wash baseboards and walls
  • Replace worn or outdated wallpaper
  • Spray lubricant on all squeaking doors and cabinets
  • Whitewash dark paneling
  • Clean or Replace switch plates
  • Replace nonfunctioning door knobs and locks
  • Polish all interior woodwork
  • Steam clean stained carpet
  • Replace worn carpet with neutral colors
  • Install thick padding under carpet
  • Replace linoleum floor with neutral colors
  • Polish hardwood floors
  • Remove unsightly or worn throw rugs
Plumbing & Electrical

  • All toilets should be in good working order
  • Clean up or replace old plumbing fixtures
  • Replace rusted and corroded plumbing pipes
  • Inspect, clean and change filter of furnace
  • Make sure faucets are in good working order
  • Have your well and septic inspected and repaired
  • Make sure that all smoke and burglar alarms are functional
  • Repair broken doorbell
  • Service sprinkler system
  • Replace outdated or non functioning appliances
  • Make sure ceiling fans are clean and functional
  • Make sure the garage door opener functions properly
Painting

  • All woodwork should be repainted and or stained
  • Paint over any rust spots or streaks on downspouts
  • Paint shutters, make sure they are hung straight
  • Have leaks repaired & watermarks covered
  • Make sure that cracks in ceiling are repaired and painted
  • Paint interior walls light neutral colors
  • Paint outside of house and trim with neutral colors
  • Paint or replace front door and garage door
  • Repair and repaint fences and outbuildings
  • Clean windows and remove any overspray paint
Home Staging

  • Keep curtains open and use natural light as much as possible
  • Place vases of colorful, fresh flowers throughout the house
  • Leave lights on in the evening
  • Clean fireplace and prepare with logs for display
  • Lock pets up away from home during showings
  • Turn on outdoor lighting and porch light at night
  • Remove all unnecessary articles in garage, basement or attic
  • Remove magnets and notes from refrigerator
  • Remove personal possessions, like photos and mementos
  • Set the dining room table for a dinner party
  • Place a solid deodorizer in each room and closet.
Lighting

  • Increase the wattage of light bulbs
  • Clean all light fixtures
  • Replace outdated light fixtures
  • Clean existing shutters, blinds or drapes
  • Install new blinds
  • Paint ceiling white for more light
  • Install outdoor lighting
  • Clean all windows, inside and out
  • Clean skylight for leaves and other debris
  • Make sure all outdoor lighting works
  • Prune outside trees to allow natural light inside
Landscaping

  • Trim trees, hedges and shrubs
  • Water your lawn regularly
  • Plant colorful flowers
  • Place flowers in pots near front door
  • Keep the firewood neatly stacked
  • Mow, trim, fertilize and water lawn
  • Rake fallen leaves
  • Remove unnecessary items such as gardening equipment
  • Remove weeds and dead or dying plants or flowers
  • Re-sod bare spots on lawn
Curb Appeal

  • Powerwash siding, decks, driveway, walkways
  • Buy a new mailbox and new address numbers
  • Replace welcome mat at the doorway
  • Fix any loose boards on porch or deck
  • Clean and repair gutters and downspouts
  • Keep trash area clean and organized
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Keep walks, steps and driveway obstacle-free
  • Remove debris and personal items on deck and porch
  • Replace torn screens from windows and front and back doors.

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