“My husband & I appreciate the constructive comments Nick had about the house and for helping us get in touch with a reliable painting contractor. I always expect the best whenever I hire a professional and Nick didn’t let us down. When we’re ready to sell again, Nick will be the first to know!”

Richard & Donna Robb

A personal note from Nick:Let’s face it… most people don’t live this way!Many (if not most) of these tips may appear overstated or unrealistic to you and your lifestyle.However, your home has now become a product offered for sale.As such, we want to make the product appealing to the majority of Buyers.The closer you can get your home to the “ideal” the more your goals of a quick sale at a good price will be met.I’ll be providing you with feedback from the agents who show your home.Please don’t be offended.Let’s work together to reach your goals!Hang in there.Below are items that you can do to help your home show well.


Probably the single most important thing you can do to make your home sell is to price it right.Nick will suggest a reasonable price range based on recent SOLD properties similar to your home, but only you, the Seller, set the price!

If we don’t have Showings in the first two weeks on the market, a price reduction may be in order.

Maximize Your Space
  • Paint rooms light neutral color
  • Remove unnecessary pieces of furniture
  • Clean out coat closet – put items in storage unit
  • Clean out garage
  • Clean out attic
  • Rent a storage unit for extra items – have a moving sale
  • Remove small pictures from the walls
  • Remove items from countertops
  • Put in higher wattage light bulbs
  • Remove some toys to storage unit
  • Take extra leaf out of dining room table
  • Check walk flow to make sure potential buyers don’t have to walk around furniture
  • Your home will be compared to Model Homes that are vacant and always clean and open!
Buyer's First Impressions
  • Repaint exterior, if needed (may need trim only)
  • Pressure wash the home and driveway
  • Sweep the front porch
  • Keep newspapers and flyers picked up
  • Hang a simple grapevine wreath on the front door
  • Replace siding, as needed
  • Replace missing shingles, as needed
  • Replace gutters, as needed
  • Clean gutters
  • Clean windows until they shine – scrape, if necessary
  • Clean shutters
  • Replace shutters, as needed
  • Use quick greening fertilizer on lawn – ammonium sulfate, urea, or ammonium nitrate
  • Edge the lawn
  • Remove children’s toys and bikes
  • Seal cracks in driveway and walkway
  • Remove leaves/pine needles from lawn and roof
  • Your home’s “Curb Appeal” (or first impression from the street as you approach the home) will be the thing that entices the potential buyer to take a look inside.
  • Clean the kitchen from top to bottom
  • Clean the oven
  • Clean the refrigerator
  • Remove all refrigerator magnets and items from the front of the refrigerator
  • Put away most small appliances
  • Put away items off countertops
  • Clean the inside of the dishwasher – try running it with the soap dishes filled with powdered instant lemonade (like Countrytime).  The citric acid works wonders!
  • Clean out drawers to eliminate fears of too little space
  • Paint the kitchen a neutral color
  • Light wood is best for kitchen cabinets – paint or update
  • Change cabinet hardware or clean very well
  • Remove pet dishes, toys, and litter boxes from kitchen
  • Have appliances refinished (harvest gold, brown, and avocado green are currently unpopular colors. Paint with white or ivory)
  • Remove window treatments in kitchen. Make it sunny!
  • If the laundry room is off the kitchen, make sure its uncluttered,. neat, and clean.
Entrance to Home
  • Replace carpet throughout the home with neutral color (or offer a price allowance for carpet replacement)
  • Replace front door if necessary
  • Paint front door if necessary
  • Add brass kick plate to front door
  • Install new mailbox and post
  • Create distinct entry with divider, plants, hallway hutch
  • New floor mat at entry
  • Clean cobwebs from the doorway
  • Eliminate odors – pets, smoking, kitchen, basement (There is a fantastic product called Simple Solution which is available at pet stores such as Petsmart.  Eliminates all types of organic odors!)
  • Clean ceramic tile and grout
  • Repair loose or cracked tile
  • Downplay dated ceramic tile colors with white towels and window treatments
  • Buy a new shower curtain – avoid patterns
  • Shine chrome fixtures – stiff brush with white vinegar works great
  • Remove stains from sink
  • Replace rusted sinks
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Remove personal toiletries on display
  • Glue down wallpaper where it is loose or curling
  • Use fancy basket for books and magazines
  • Replace toilet seats
  • Repair or replace exhaust fan
  • Install GFCI outlet
Living Room (Applies to Entire Home)

(Applies to Entire Home)

  • Put away collections (figurines and fragile items)
  • Store any political or religious mementos, as well as any business or sports awards (you wan the potential buyer to think of the home as theirs, and they may not have the same interests that you do)
  • No animal (fur) rugs
  • No family photos
  • Silence any squeaky floors
  • Use half curtains to disguise bad views
  • Remove any crowded furniture – open the rooms up!
Dining Room
  • Put new WHITE tablecloth on the table
  • Use a centerpiece on the table
  • Place fresh-cut flowers in a vase on the table
  • Light, then blow out candles
  • Clean chandelier bulbs and globe (dust regularly) – Globes may be run through the dishwasher.
  • Remove valuables from sight
  • New bedspread, if needed
  • Make the beds every day
  • Keep headboards clear and free from clutter
  • Be sure children’s toys are put away
  • Remove any bulky furniture, make rooms appear large
  • Remove any dark or outdated wallpaper.
  • Paint the walls with a light, neutral color
  • Clean out closets – Make them appear as if there is plenty of room to spare
  • Install closet organizer and keep clothing neat
  • Organize shoes on shoe racks
  • Don’t store valuables in sight – place jewelry in drawers or store away from the home
  • Trim all hedges and shrubs – strive for neat appearance
  • Add mulch to flowerbeds and shrubs
  • Repair fence
  • Plant flowers or add pots/containers of bright flowers
  • Clean pool as needed
  • Provide a fact sheet on swimming pool – show the cost and time involved in upkeep. Many people worry that a pool is too expensive and time consuming.
  • Remove:
    •    Old rusted swing set
    •    Old rusted basketball goals
    •    Old rusted lawn furniture
    •    Old rusted grill
    •    Dead trees or shrubs
    •    Old flowers from past season
    •    Leaves, dead branches, weeds, and debris
    •    Garbage cans – store neatly in the garage
  • Remove stains from garage floor
  • Make basement look functional and well-organized
  • Clean basement windows
  • Wipe down the furnace and water heater with a damp sponge
  • Keep utility room uncluttered
  • Move any extra boxes and unnecessary items to your storage unit
  • Spray with Simple Solution to give a fresh smell

It’s recommended that pets be kenneled during the time your home is on the market.  If that isn’t possible, please let Nick know the names and location (backyard, dog run, etc.) of the pets.  If you have a pet you don’t want let out of the home (the car?), please be sure to let Nick know so he can alert other agents to be careful!

See note under Entrance to Home for dealing with pet odors (Simple Solution).  A neutral smell is important.

General Hints and Tips
  • Please don’t be home for Showings.  The Buyer will spend more time looking if the Seller is not there.  Go to the neighbor’s house.  Walk the dog.  Go to another part of the home while the prospective buyers are in another section of the home.  The goal is to have the potential Buyer think of the home as his or hers.
  • Open all curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day.
  • For evening Showings, turn on all the lights before you leave.
  • If anything is broken, you must disclose the issue. Even easier… have it fixed!
  • Sprinkle a few drops of vanilla on a warm stove burner to create a pleasing smell in the home. Remember to turn the burner off!  Alternatively, you can warm a pan of water with a few drops of vanilla in the oven.
  • Bake bread or bake cookies to fill the house with a pleasant smell.
  • Run the vacuum cleaner every morning before you leave the house.
  • After your shower, dry the stall and tub with a towel.
  • Please refrain from smoking in the home.  Remove all ashtrays.  Remove strong cooking odors.  See note under Entrance to Home for help with odors (Simple Solution).  A neutral smell is important.
  • Let Nick know if you run low on brochures or business cards.
  • Let Nick know if any doors are left unlocked or windows are left open by agents showing the home.
  • Once in a great while you may meet an agent you don’t feel comfortable with.  Once that agent’s showing is over, Nick will be happy to come change the combination on the lockbox.  We want you to feel comfortable!