You will be looking at a lot of houses and it’s easy to forget after a while what you liked or didn’t like about each home. In order to keep track during your house hunting, download the Home Comparison Chart.


Preparing your house to sell can make a big difference in how your house is perceived by a potential buyer. First impressions are lasting – having your house in good condition could get you a higher price for the property and help to sell it faster.

Showing the Exterior

  • Keep hedges trimmed
  • Make sure your lawn and landscape is nicely manicured and weeded
  • Check the foundation steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks
  • Inspect for peeling paint and fix
  • Clean gutters
  • Paint the front door

Make sure the fence is in good condition

  • Make sure that your doorbell works
  • Touch up or repaint, preferably in neutral colors

Showing the Exterior

  • Clean the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Remove any excess clutter or large furniture – (this includes the garage)
  • Fix cracked windows, stained ceilings, wall marks
  • Keep counter tops cleared
  • Clean or replace carpeting
  • Clean every room of the house – display utility spaces – attic, closet etc.
  • Repair any holes in the walls, wallpaper, paint
  • Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling, alarm systems
  • Open draperies and curtains for natural light
  • Repair sticking doors, windows, drawers, dripping facets, replace light bulbs etc.