An appraiser will have to inspect your home before closing - here are some of the things they commonly look for that may need to be addressed so as not to delay your sale.
  1. Moisture stains on ceilings, walls and window sills

  2. Clean roof and age of roof and gutters

  3. Drainage around downspouts, six inches or more of foundation showing around house, and/or dirt, wood, etc. up against house

  4. Moisture barrier in crawl space and any moisture in crawl space

  5. Hot water heater properly installed and vented.

  6. Ventilation

  7. Any soft or spongy areas in flooring around tub or toilet

  8. Broken windows or dry rot in window casings

  9. Insulation (code at time was built)

  10. Signs of pests

You have only one chance to make a good first impression. Our experience shows that taking time to prepare your home in advance pays off. Doing so gives you an "edge" in the marketplace and results in shorter marketing time, and shorter marketing time assures you of a higher price.


  • Remove any clutter from the yard.

  • Cut and edge the grass.

  • Trim and weed gardens.

  • Repair any broken fence or gate.

  • Remove any old vehicles.

  • Repair any deep cracks in driveway.

  • Clear any clutter from walkway and steps

  • Paint, wash, or fix steps, storm windows, railings, screens, and front door.

  • Make sure garage is clean or at least picked up and orderly


  • Give the home an overall cleaning.

  • Remove any clutter from halls and stairs.

  • Make sure walls and carpets are clean.

  • Streamline all closets.

  • Clear countertops.

  • Clean bathrooms thoroughly.

  • Repair any mildewed bathroom caulking.

  • Repair any dripping faucets and leaky toilets.

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

  • Repair faulty light switches and clean switch plates and door areas.

  • Oil door hinges and tighten doorknobs.

Prepare for the showing:

  • Clear any clutter from all rooms.

  • Eliminate cooking or pet odors.

  • Do not leave dirty dishes, or food out!

  • Be sure all beds are made.

  • Have inside lights on, even during day. It makes a home look warmer!

  • Turn outside lights on in evening.

  • Keep heat at 68 degrees.

  • Put money and valuables away and all prescription drugs!

  • Keep draperies open, make sure it is light and bright

  • Consider leaving your home during showings because buyers will stay longer if owners are not at home.

  • If you cannot leave home, group family around television with volume low.

  • Do not lead or follow the buyer through your home.

  • Let the agent show and sell your home.

  • Do not let anyone in your home without an agent ( You don't know them, they could be someone trying to rob you!)

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