Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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Thinking about selling your home this Spring?  

First things first – have a garage sale or sort your items to be donated and collected curbside by Disabled American Veterans, The Epilepsy Foundation or like organization. Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.

Spend as little money as possible, and spend it on cosmetic, readily seen features like interior painting. The time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.

Take one step at a time, one small task at a time. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results.   Please call me with any referrals or recommendations of people who can help with some of these tasks.  Cell:  617-512-8729 - email:

This is your first impression, so make sure it's the best!  This list offers many suggestions, please select the key points so your home is ready for new owners ...

Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic.  Sort items to be sold or donated.  

Clean, clean, clean. This includes walls, floors, windows (mend screens), inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job. 

Paint the walls and ceilings a neutral color – off white or beige or light grey.

Replace burned-out light bulbs; use brighter light bulbs and make sure every light switch works.

Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

Repair dripping faucets and shower heads.  Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

Buy a new welcome mat and paint the front door; if you'd like, put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox.

 Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.   Inspect and clean the chimney.

Mow and fertilize the lawn.  Cut back overgrown shrubs that block light from the house.

Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and ceiling tiles as well as windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.

Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling, and reseal if possible.

Clean and align gutters and downspouts.

Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.

Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.  Scrape and repaint any areas of peeling paint.

Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.

Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) elsewhere while the house is on the market.

Quite an exhaustive list, you may not need to everything listed above but keep in mind that buyers will be checking out every aspect of your home!  It's beneficial to you as a seller to have as many things in the best condition before you put your home on the market.  


It would be my pleasure to help you with any referrals or resources you need to ensure your home is ready to be sold!  Please contact me @ 617-512-8729 -    Thank you!  Mary Anne