Things to Know: Ready, Set, SELL!

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So you've been throwing around the idea of selling your home for months, but the thought of all the little (and maybe NOT so little) projects you need to tackle is daunting. There are serious buyers out and about looking for a new home right now, and inventory is sparse. Also, you can still take advantage of fairly low interest rates. The busy season is right around the corner, so get your home on the market before you have lots of competition to contend with. We'll get you started on your "honey-do" list right now. These are things that any real estate agent would tell you to take care of so you can get get top dollar. Take a look around your home and see which of these you need to complete. Some may require a little warmer weather, but start from the inside and move outward.

  • Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
  • Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.
  • Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.
  • Remove oil stains from driveway and garage. Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.
  • Wash the windows inside and out.
  • Paint the walls and ceilings off white or beige.
  • Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.
  • Repair dripping faucets and shower heads and unclog slow drains.
  • Shampoo carpets, scrub and wax linoleum or wood floors.
  • Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.
  • Mend or replace torn screens. Clean out all window tracks.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.
  • Re-nail creaking boards or stairs; lubricate squeaking doors.
  • Clean all appliances (don't forget the refrigerator and oven).
  • Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.
  • Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
  • Wipe down and remove grime from all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.
  • Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.

Once you have all or a good majority of these items checked off your list, you'll be ready to list! And The Poss Team at Keller Williams Capital Partners can help. We will get you out of your current home and into the home of your dreams! Call us today at 614-431-0414 or email us at