Home Maintenance Checklist: Leave Buyers with a Great Impression

First impressions matter!

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average home buyer will look at 10 homes before making an offer. When a potential homebuyer walks in to your home, how will your home make a positive and lasting impression?

Most buyers are looking for a move-in ready home that appears to be well maintained, with ample storage, and it’s the little things they notice when assessing the over-all condition.

Make sure you inspect your home through the eyes of these potential buyers, then fix the most obvious items. Take inventory of all repairs and get to work.

  • Make sure all door hardware is in working order and replace if necessary.
  • Do all windows open easily and have a secure window lock?
  • Reglaze bathtubs if needed. This is a very easy, inexpensive but important fix.
  • Make sure caulking is clean and applied well in bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Repair any cracks in ceilings and walls.
  • Fill in any holes left by picture hangers and wall art.
  • Touch up painting in all rooms.
  • Replace shower head with a new, clean one.
  • Repair any leaking faucets or supply valves.
  • Make sure all outlets and light switches are working.
  • Replace old, dirty and paint covered electrical covers with new ones.
  • Put the correct bulbs in light fixtures and make sure there are no bulbs burned out.
  • Buyers are looking for neutral colors, so if there are boldly colored rooms, repainting in neutral tones will be helpful.

Cleaning and Decluttering

  • Remove clutter. Picture frames, accessories, files, books, small appliances should be removed from counters.
  • Scrub all surfaces.
  • Make sure your home is free of all smells including animals, food, cigarette smoke, etc.
  • Clean all baseboards.
  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Clean windows and sills inside and out.
  • Clean all closets and keep them tidy and clean.
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned and/or replaced if necessary.
  • Hardwood floors should be mopped and oiled.
  • Dust blinds.
  • Replace old, moldy shower curtains.
  • Remove grease and grime from kitchen cabinets and appliances.
  • Make sure cupboards and drawers are wiped out and clutter free.
  • Make sure garage can house cars not boxes and junk.

Enlisting a reputable Realtor will insure that your home is in tip top shape to sell. Your local Realtor knows what homebuyers in your area are looking for!

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