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LISA RAIMONDO

Associate Realtor | Gloria Nilson & Co Real Estate Email: lraimondo@glorianilson.com

Cell: 732.233.9330   | Office: 732.493.4900 x2007

PREPARING YOUR HOME THROUGH THE EYE OF A BUYER:

The effort put into repairing and cleaning your property is likely to be returned in a fast sale at an attractive price. 

  • As buyers approach your property the first time, impressions are formed quickly.
  • Paint house - this can do more for sales appeal than any other factor.
  • Yard - Remove all toys, garbage, garden tools and other items from view.
  • Mow lawn and keep edged.
  • Close garage doors.
  • Put colorful flowers in front of house

Often, while waiting to be let in, the first thing a buyer looks at closely is the front door. 

  • Put new paint on the front door.
  • Buy a new door mat.
  • Buyers take a close look at the basement of a home. They will look for bad wiring, leaky pipes and signs of decay.
  • Clean out basement and dispose of everything you are not going to move.
  • Ensure that there is plenty of lighting.
  • Sweep or vacuum floor.
  • Stack items neatly against walls.

The kitchen is often the most important room in the house. Make it bright and attractive. 

  • Put a vase of fresh flowers on the table.
  • Replace curtains or clean existing ones.
  • Remove appliances from counters.
  • Create a pleasant fragrance in the kitchen (i.e. vanilla, cinnamon).

It is important that bathrooms are clean, bright and smell fresh.  

  • Polish all fixtures.
  • Open windows.
  • Hang bright, fresh towels.
  • Remove stains from toilets and bathtubs.
  • Use air freshener.
  • Display colorful soaps.

The living room. 

  • Clean out the fireplace and place logs in it.
  • Polish all woodwork.
  • Put big furniture in storage so rooms are not cluttered or crowded.

 REPAIR & CLEANING CHECK LIST:

  • Front Door:
    • Newly painted
    • Doorbell operating
    • Door brass polished
    • Hinges oiled
  • Exterior of House:
    • House recently painted
    • Gutters recently cleaned
    • Exterior lights operating
    • Missing shingles replaced
    • Moss removed from roof
  • Windows:
    • Window trims painted
    • Windows operating freely
    • Cracked windowpanes replaced
    • Windows washed
  • Driveway:
    • Resurfaced
    • Potholes patched
    • Recently sealed
  • Patios:
    • Wood stained or painted
    • Fencing secure
  • Lawn:
    • Lawn in good condition
    • Grass mowed
    • Edges trimmed
  • Trees/Shrubs:
    • Dead branches pruned
    • Dead shrubs replaced
    • Overgrown shrubs pruned
  • Entry:
    • Entry lights operating
    • Floors cleaned
    • Closet cleaned
    • Closet light operating
  • Living Room:
    • Recently painted
    • Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
    • Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
    • Wallpaper secured
    • Woodwork repainted
    • Curtains/drapes/blinds cleaned
    • Drapes/blinds opened
    • Carpets cleaned
    • Furniture positioned to show space
  • Kitchen:
    • Sink free of stains
    • No dripping faucets
    • Appliances in good working order
    • Walls, cabinets free of stains
    • Countertops cleared and cleaned
    • Pantry neatly arranged

Family Room:

  • Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
  • Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
  • Wallpaper secured
  • Woodwork repainted
  • Windows washed
  • Curtains/drapes/blinds cleaned
  • Windows operating freely
  • Drapes/blinds opened
  • Carpets cleaned
  • Hobby supplies put away

Bedrooms:

  • Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
  • Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
  • Wallpaper secured
  • Woodwork repaired
  • Windows washed
  • Curtains/drapes/blinds cleaned
  • Floor waxed/refinished
  • Carpets cleaned
  • Beds made
  • Laundry put away
  • Floor free from clutter

Basement:

  • Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
  • No evidence of water penetration
  • Dampness removed
  • Cold water pipes covered
  • Dehumidifier installed
  • Sump pump installed
  • No musty odors
  • Drains cleared
  • Furnace cleaned
  • Storage neatly arranged
  • Excess storage removed
  • Floor swept
  • Light fixtures operating
  • Handrail secure
  • Stairway runner secure

Dining Room:

  • Cracks in ceiling/walls repaired
  • Leaks repaired & watermarks covered
  • Wallpaper secured
  • Woodwork repaired
  • Windows washed
  • Drapes/blinds open to view
  • Floor waxed/refinished
  • Carpets cleaned
  • Bathrooms:
    • Sink stains removed
    • Leaky faucets repaired
    • Grouting stains removed
    • All joints caulked
    • Missing tiles replaced
    • All fixtures operating
    • Floors cleaned / new shower curtain