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Basement / Attic / Garage

  • Clean out and dispose of everything you are not moving.
  • Package everything you won't need to use while trying to sell.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light on any stairs.
  • Consider painting the walls, or washing.
  • Repair cracks in the walls and floors.
  • Stack items neatly against walls to make garage look larger.


  • The kitchen should be bright and attractive.
  • Paint cabinets, if needed, put up or clean curtains.
  • Clean the ventilating hood in the kitchen.
  • If the kitchen floor is worn, consider replacing flooring.
  • Remove counter top appliances. Clean counters appear larger.
  • Make the kitchen smell good.


  • Repair dripping faucets.
  • Keep towels in the bathroom.
  • Use special cleaners to remove stains from toilets, bathtubs, and sinks.
  • If sink and bathtub drain slowly, unclog them.
  • Keep a deodorizer in the bathroom area.
  • Replace old caulking around bathtubs.

Living Areas:

  • Have all walls in good shape. Cracks or nail holes are easy to fix.
  • Check ceiling for leak stains. Fix the cause of damage, and repair.
  • In painting or decorating stick to conventional whites or neutrals.
  • If you have a fireplace, clean it out, and lay some logs down.
  • Wash windows and replace broken glass.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs and use a brighter bulb.
  • Be sure every light switch works.
  • Make the floors shine, and fix any creaking boards.
  • Straighten up the closets by getting rid of any excess clothes.
  • Lubricate sticking doors, and cabinets.


Caution: As a home owner you are required to disclose any material defects you are aware of to any potential homeowner. Never attempt to conceal or hide a potential defect as this would violate state law.

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