Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight. Prospective buyers will react well to signs that your home has been meticulously maintained.


  • Manicure landscaping: mow, edge and water lawn, trim hedges, weed and fertilize flowerbeds.
  • Keep driveway clean and free of parked cars, and keep the garage door closed. Repair or replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Minimize cracks or crumbling on walkways, walls, or steps.
  • Make sure that from the street your property appears clear.
  • Inspect appearance of interior window coverings from the curb.
  • Repair any peeling paint or loose caulking on windows or other areas.
  • Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pests.
  • Pick up after your pets or neighborhood animals.


    While Agents work the lockbox for a key, buyers have idle time to notice details.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door and frame.
  • Consider adding pots of flowering plants in the entryway if weather permits.
  • Eliminate cobwebs and groom doorway area windows, porch light, or decorative glass.


Once inside, experts say most buyers are reaffirming their curbside decision. Clean, Clear, Light and Bright
  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. Hiring a cleaning service may pay for itself by adding to a buyer’s perceived value of your home.
  • For a sleeker, more spacious look, consult with your Agent for tips on property staging.
  • Ask Yourself: In a model home, would a professional decorator put your choice of items out.
  • Remember: closets will be opened! Keep closets, cupboards, and even your attic orderly and neat.
  • Since you are anticipating a move anyway, consider holding a garage sale or boxing and storing unused belongings.
  • If necessary, repaint or clean/replace dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls, a window and floor coverings with a light, neutral shade. Bright rooms look bigger, and neutral colors help buyers envision their own furnishings and décor.
  • Repair dripping faucets, burned-out light bulbs, or cracked windowpanes. Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper and tiles.


  • Fresh baked cookies or cinnamon in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.
  • Keep an attractive set of towels in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.