My no-fail pre-list checklist

When listing a home, there is one simple truth that I never stray from, not matter the situation: I never list a home until it is ready. Why? For a few reasons. First, there are so many other homes out there that hit the market without addressing the small stuff, so I know mine will automatically stand out from the pack. And, buyers notice everything! The mind wanders when they spot a small issue: "what else is lurking?" they wonder.

Lucky for you, I've compiled my check list of pre-list to-do's that you may or many not have already considered. These are the items that I believe truly make the difference between a house that sparks and one that may fall flat--they make that big of a difference!

  • Things to power wash:
    • Garage floor
    • The algae off the front facade, steps, and deck
  • Things to paint:
    • Garage floor: I always use Benjamin Moore Battleship Gray
    • The inside of fireplaces: paint them black for a clean, fresh look
    • Fence/front gate: spray paint shiny black
  • Things to clean:
    • Windows
    • Exterior dryer vents
    • Change filters and humidifier pads before inspection
  • Checking windows for broken seals and fix as necessary: they always catch this during inspections 
  • Landscaping:
    • Spruce up as necessary, clear away debris
    • Add a few colorful flowers to planters
    • Trim trees/bushes that may be covering windows