There are 2 major components to getting the most value for your home in the least amount of time: Preparing your home for the market and showing your home.

Following these tips will bring more value to your property and help sell it more quickly.


___Make sure your furnace and hot water tank are in good working condition.

___Check condition of windows both inside and out: caulking, opening/closing, hardware

___Check condition of screens

___Check condition of roof, valleys, gutters, fascia

___Check condition of fireplace(s)

___Check out condition of plumbing fixtures

___Fix cracks in walk ways, driveway, garage floor, and patio

___Check out handles on doors and cabinets

___Install high wattage light bulbs in all the fixtures and lamps

___If you have a fireplace highlight it in your decorating.

___keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.

___replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.

___Have a family “game plan” to get your home organized quickly if necessary.

___Put family photos in storage; including trophies and awards.

___Improve traffic flow in each room by removing unnecessary furniture & other items.

___create the feeling of a spacious entry way by removing all unnecessary furniture and other items.

___Putty and paint over any nail holes or other mishaps on the walls.

___Paint walls a neutral color in order to make the rooms brighter and appear bigger.

___Remove all wall paper and paint walls a neutral color.

___Clean all bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home.

___Clean all windows in and out of the home, including inside the garage.

___Use plants in transitional areas of home.

___Make the most of your attic’s room potential.

___Remove/hide excess extension cords and exposed wires.

___Tighten, repair or replace banisters and railings.

___Enlarge your counter space by removing as much as possible including small appliances.

___Create a master suite effect in your decorating.

___Depersonalize bedrooms by decorating in a neutral scheme.

___Organize your closets and remove all unnecessary items and place in storage.

___Remove/replace caulking around tub/shower if caulking is not sparkling white.

___Replace (or repair) broken tiles in shower or tub areas.

___Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.

___Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.

___Use flowering plants to decorate walk ways and patios.

___Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and trash from the yard.

___Extensions to your home (patios, decks, balconies, walkways, steps, outdoor furniture) should be swept, cleaned, and in good condition.

___Paint all entrance doors, if necessary to improve the look.

___Make sure the garage door opens easily.Repair and paint it if necessary.

___Clean and shine all hardware and accessories on doors both in and outside.

___Trees and shrubs should be pruned and trimmed.

___Use a new door mat.

___Be sure the front door bell is in good working order.

___Make sure the front door and screen door work perfectly.

___Clean all light fixtures outside and be sure you use the brightest bulbs.


___Open the draperies and pull up the shades to let in the sunshine.

___Turn on all lights whether day or night time.

___Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.

___Air out your home one half hour before your showings.

___Lightly spray the home with air freshener before a showing.

___Open doors to areas you want buyers to see such as; walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.

___Completely remove all smoke and pet odors.

___Microwave a small dish of vanilla 20 minutes before a showing and remove it and store away.

___Highlight an eat-in kitchen with a table set for dinner.

___Kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly cleaned with toilet seats down.

___Make sure the beds are made and the linens are clean.

___Do not leave wet towels around in bathrooms and wipe down sinks and showers after each use.

___Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps.

Call the Grignon Group today to schedule a FREE home market evaluation and home staging consultation! 440-653-5401 or 440-724-6239