Oklahoma City real estate and homes for sale in neighboring communities. Leah Strickland, Real Estate Specialist

Preparing Your Home Checklist

Preparing your home for listing is one of the most crucial factors when it comes to getting a quick sale.  Below are some tips to guide you in preparing your home to sale.

Exterior The condition of your home's exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal.

  • House number should be easy to read – buyers need to be able to find your home
  • Lights on timers to ensure house is lit up after sunset
  • Eaves troughs, and down spouts in good repair
  • Garage/car port clean and tidy
  • Litter picked up
  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced – plus all windows washed inside and outside
  • Doorbell and door hardware (knobs, hinges etc.) in good repair
  • Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, and home 
  • Mow, edge and weed the lawn frequently until the home is sold
  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible
  • A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch
  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles
  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent
  • Fences should be mended and painted

Interior Warm and welcoming!

  • Lights should be on and drapes should be left open during daylight
  • Heat set at a comfortable temperature
  • Fresh flowers/plants in various rooms – affordable at local grocery stores
  • Chipped plaster, nail holes in walls, and paint touched up and repaired
  • Doors and cupboards properly closed
  • Leaky taps/sinks and toilets repaired
  • Burned out light bulbs replaced
  • Squeaky doors oiled
  • Mirrors and fixtures cleaned
  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair
  • Floors cleaned, garbage containers emptied
  • Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy – buyers do look in them
  • Valuable property, out of reach, out of sight, or locked away
  • Pets absent, where possible, or contained during showings – Pet Stains Removed
  • All torn screens should be repaired or replaced
  • Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are loud – neutral tones work best
  • Light colors are the easiest to work with and they make your rooms look larger
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather – kept cleaned. Air conditioner turned on in warm weather
  • Countertops neat and polished/cleaned
  • Appliances cleaned
  • Rid all clutter - box up stuff you don’t need to make space look bigger and clean 
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