Preparing To Sell & Show Your Home

Preparing to Sell and Show Your Michigan HomePreparing to sell & show your home are some of the most important steps towards achieving the best possible offers. The following checklists cover the most important exterior and interior maintenance elements. Utilize these lists to help prepare for the sale of your home.




Preparing to Sell Your Home

Exterior Preparations

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

  • House number should be easy to read
  • Lights on timers to ensure house is lit up after sunset
  • Eaves, troughs and downspouts in good repair
  • Garage/carport clean and tidy
  • Litter picked up
  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced
  • Doorbell and door hardware in good repair
  • Touch-up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc
  • 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
  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent
  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles
  • Fences should be mended and painted
  • Wash all windows inside and outside

Interior Preparations

Warm and welcoming! The condition of your property's interior is directly correlated to the amount buyers are willing to offer. Most buyers want "move in ready" homes so make minor repairs in advance.

  • Chipped plaster and paint touched up and repaired
  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired
  • Burned out light bulbs replaced
  • Squeaky doors oiled
  • Mirrors, fixtures, and taps cleaned and polished
  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair
  • Closets and cupboards neat and tidy
  • All torn screens should be repaired or replaced
  • Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat
  • White or light pastels are the easiest to work with and they make your rooms look larger
  • Countertops neat and polished
  • Appliances cleaned

Keep your home in its best possible condition and ensure any repairs are completed in advance. If buyers notice parts of the home that are worn out, they will wonder what else you have neglected. Put the effort into your home exterior and interior preparations and your home will sell for its maximum value.

Lang Premier Properties will help you evaluate your home's conditions and make recommendations on the most important areas of improvement. If you're thinking about selling your Michigan home, contact us online or call 1-855-526-4466 for your free home evaluation.


Preparing To Show Your Home

Agents from many real estate firms will want to show your home. Please make your home as accessible as possible for agent showing appointments. It is suggested to allow a lockbox to be installed on your door, you’ll increase your odds for a sale by allowing more qualified buyers to view your home.

Home Showing Preparation Checklist

Whenever possible, the following checklist should be used before each and every showing:

  • Open all draperies and window shades during daylight hours
  • Turn on all lights and replace bulbs with high wattage bulbs where needed
  • Open windows one half hour before showing to circulate fresh air
  • Open all the doors between rooms to give an inviting feeling
  • Place fresh flowers on kitchen table and/or in the living room
  • If possible, bake cookies or bread to add in an inviting aroma
  • Bathroom should sparkle with towels folded and toilet lid down
  • Replace any items not included in the sale, or tag them appropriately with “to be replaced with..” or “not included” signs
  • Floors cleaned, garbage containers emptied
  • Closets and cupboards neat and tidy
  • Valuable property out of reach, out of sight, or locked away
  • Pets absent or contained during showings
  • Make beds and have clothes picked up
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather
  • Air conditioner turned on in warm weather
  • Appliances cleaned

Lang Premier Properties can help you prepare to show your home and ensure your property receives maximum value. Contact us online or call 1-855-536-4466 to learn more about our successful selling strategies.