Preparing For Sale, Preparing to Sell, Selling Tips

Preparing Your Home For Sale- Exterior

Improve Curb Appeal

  • The first view (and first impression) of your home comes when potential buyers drive by your home.
  • Keep the lawn manicured and edged.
  • Add a little fertilizer to turn your lawn a healthy green color.
  • Trim bushes so that they don’t cover your windows
  • Plant some flowers
  • Repair any cracks in the driveway
  • Repair and paint the fence
  • Freshly paint or touch up any bad paint areas.
  • Clean the gutters
  • Remove leaves


Reduce Any Outside Clutter

  • Consider moving any unused vehicles, campers or boats
  • Store trash cans inside the garage
  • Put children’s bikes & toys neatly into the garage or another storage area.
  • Remove old lawn decorations
  • Check bushes for hidden newspapers and ads
  • Clean out the garage.  Have a pre-moving garage sale!


Home Exterior Touch Ups

  • Check to make sure all railings, steps, gutters and antennas are secured.
  • Check house numbers to make sure they are visible from the street.
  • Check your mailbox for rust
  • Look for wear or fading on your front door
  • Wash the windows – inside and out
  • Polish any outside brass
  • Replace or repair your screens
  • Insure that the doorbell and outside lights work
  • Buy a new welcome mat!


  • Now is a great time to clear away items you kept “just in case” you ever needed them!  If you haven’t used them/ needed them by now, you  may never will!
  • Is your garage a storage area for everything that doesn’t fit in the trash? Throw it away!
  • Old boxes / broken items / forgotten items?  Throw it away!
  • Give away or sell what you don’t need!
  • Sweep / wash the floor!
  • Dust everything standing still
  • Lawn equipment, bikes, toys and boxes should be tidy and well organized


  • Think of your backyard as an extension of your living space.
  • Nice weather? Display freshly scrubbed /newly painted patio furniture outside.  Place them in conversational grouping.
  • Flowering shrubs? Roses?  Accentuate them! Have outside furniture overlook them or other areas of interest.
  • Garden? Remove weeds / trim overgrowth.  Pull dead plants.