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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

You’ve heard repeatedly that upgrading your home with new cabinetry, flooring, doors, counters, and other amenities will almost always assure a maximum asking price when it's time to sell. But sometimes, finances, time frames, and other circumstances prevent making these upgrades.

If you’re in that situation, consider taking some smaller steps to boost your home’s “curb appeal.” According to industry experts, doing so can mean selling it 10 to 15 times faster. Tackle the easier tasks if you’re up to it, and think about hiring professionals for larger jobs such as painting and landscaping.


  • Keep lawn edged, cut, and watered regularly

  • Trim hedges and prune trees

  • Place potted seasonal flowers near front entrance

  • Sweep and wash sidewalks (if local water-use rules permit)


  • Check foundation, steps, and walkways for cracks and crumbling

  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint

  • Clean and straighten gutters

  • Replace damaged or loose roof shingles

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to front door

  • Install clearly readable, elegant house numbers


  • Replace cracked floor and/or counter tiles

  • Patch holes in walls

  • Replace burned-out bulbs

  • Fix doors that don’t close cleanly and quietly (same for drawers/cabinets)

  • Fix or replace leaky faucets

  • Replaced damaged windows, including those that are scratched

  • Patch visible cracks in concrete or brickwork

  • Replace carpeting or have it professionally cleaned

  • Replace old or flaking wallpaper

  • Switch out dated appliances and decor


  • Clean walls thoroughly

  • Wash windows inside and out

  • Dust carefully, clean out cobwebs

  • Re-caulk showers, tubs, and sinks

  • Polish faucets and mirrors

  • Clean out refrigerator

  • Wax the floors

  • Replace worn-out rugs

  • Hang up fresh towels

  • Air the home out

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