OUTSIDE: Trim all shrubs. Pull all weeds. Flowers planted.
Leaves raked. Water lawn to keep green. Pick up and discard or store all
implements, materials and debris that are not part of the lawn decor. All
windows washed. Garage should be swept, neat and tidy. During the winter,
all walks and drives should be shoveled and salted.
LIGHTING: Open all shades and draperies during the daylight
hours. Replace all burned out light bulbs with the maximum light producing
bulbs. Turn on all lights throughout the house and basement prior to
showing the house.
STORAGE: All clothing, shoes, hats, accessories, tools, papers,
magazines, books and personal items not contributing to the decor of the
room should be stored in closets or dressers. All closets should be tidy,
neat and clean. Basement storage areas should be neatly arranged. Kitchen
counters should be clean and free of any articles not contributing to the
decor of the room. All magazines, books, ashtrays, food, bottles,
containers, boxes, cans, toys, hobby accessories, tools, dishes, cookware,
etc. should be stored in the proper cupboards or closets or storage
CLOSETS: The interiors of all closets should present an
organized, tidy and uncluttered appearance. All unneeded or unused items
should be discarded. Display your storage and utility space by removing
all unnecessary accumulations in attic, stairways, basement, closets and
BASEMENT: Should be neat, clean, dry and tidy. All materials and
tools should be stored on shelves or in cabinets. Discard as much unneeded
material as possible prior to showing the house to prospective
WINDOWS: All windows should be spotlessly clean inside and out.
All window sills, as well as any space between the window and storm window
should be spotlessly clean and free of any flaking or loose paint. All
windows should be in good repair with no cracks. Screens should be clean
and in good condition, free of rust and holes. Any paint on glass should
be removed with a razor blade prior to cleaning.
FIXTURES: All bathroom and kitchen fixtures and counters should
be sparkling clean. Polish chrome faucets and handles in the tub and
sinks. All sinks, tubs, toilets and counters should be clean.
FLOORS: All flooring should be clean and waxed if necessary. All
carpeting should be very clean regardless of its age. If the carpeting has
not been steam cleaned for more than two years, now is the time to do it.
Basement floors should be swept and mopped.
DOORS: All doors should be free of scotch tape, posters, decals,
or stickers. All door handles should be clean and in good repair.
CERAMIC TILE: All joints between tiles should be clean and
white. Use DAP bathroom tile sealer to reseal the joint between bathtub
and wall and floor.
WALLS: All walls should be clean and free of gouges, scratches,
smudges, scotch tape, posters, thumbtacks, etc. Walls should only have
decorative items. Posters and paper pictures taped to walls should be
removed and all evidence of the tape markings removed.
ODOR: Nothing smells better than fresh air. On warm days, have
your windows open and shades up. Make your home feel and smell bright,
fresh and clean and you will have a faster sale. KEY POINT: Make very sure
that there are absolutely no pet odors.
For more tips or information about how we can help you further, contact
Brad Korn & The Korn Team, Keller Williams Realty at 816-224-5676
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