Spring 2019

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Real Estate


Many times I'm asked what do I need to do before I put my house up for sale.  Below are some starting suggestions.  Of course, if there is a known issue, it's always best to address upfront before it appears on an inspection.  Walk through your home as if you were seeing it for the first time.  If you notice it, a prospective buyer will too.

 - Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed sparse areas.  Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery.

- Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash the exterior.

- Clean and align gutters and downspouts; clean the chimney.

- Remove oil stains from driveway and garage (kitty litter may ease in removal). Keep walks and driveway swept or free of ice.

- Wash the windows inside and out.  If screens are ripped, remove and repair.

- Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean the interior.  When you list with Marge Cahill of Coldwell Banker, I provide that service upon request.

- Repair cracks, holes and damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper and tiles.  Clean and/or Paint the walls and ceilings off white, beige or grey.

- Replace damaged windowpanes, moldings and woodwork.  Take down broken window treatments or older drapes that darken a room.

- Repair drippy faucets and shower heads. Unclog slow drains.

- Clean carpets, scrub and wax floors.

- Clean out the fireplace and lay some logs in it.

- Replace burned-out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

- Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains.

I am happy to help with any questions you may have as well as offer staging suggestions.  Call Marge Cahill at Coldwell Banker 708-307-3036 today!