Tips for Selling Your Wisconsin Home

Curb Appeal

  • Keep the lawn trimmed and fertilized.
  • Keep snow and ice removed from driveways and sidewalks.
  • Shape up the shrubs. New decorative stones or wood chips may help, too.
  • Weed flower beds and add charm by potting flowers near the front door.
  • Add warmth with a seasonal door decoration.
  • Clean and straighten sagging rain gutters.
  • Paint the front door and around the trim, if needed.
  • Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.
  • Repair stray or warped roofing shingles.
  • Advise Associate on the best placement of the yard sign.

Cleaning

  • Store or give away excess furniture which makes the room appear cramped.
  • Discard unwanted items from closets and kitchen.
  • Sweep the basement and garage floors.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean and arrange closets and cabinets; they will look bigger with less clutter.
  • Make your kitchen appliances shine.
  • Wash walls and woodwork.
  • Scrub soap film from tile and grout.
  • Clear off counters to make the kitchen look spacious and neat.

Decorations Around The House

  • Give rooms needing paint a fresh coat, in a neutral color.
  • Re-stain or paint chipped woodwork.
  • Replace torn or soiled wallpaper, carpeting or draperies in a neutral shade.
  • Arrange your window treatments to allow maximum light into rooms.
  • Consider new light fixtures and mirrors to expand a room.
  • Add flowers to make your home more attractive.
  • Perk up a bathroom with a new shower curtain.

Home Repairs

  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
  • Make sure closet and cabinet doors close easily.
  • Make sure the garage door is in working order.
  • Inspect the furnace, humidifier and water heater.
  • Touch up paint, repair plaster and putty nail holes.
  • Make sure your doorbell is working properly.
  • Polish or refinish badly scratched hardwood floors.

Open House Days

  • Remove clutter.
  • Make beds.
  • Turn on soft music and all lights; turn off the television.
  • Open windows to air out any stuffy rooms.
  • Bake bread or cookies; the aroma is pleasing. Avoid unpleasant cooking odors.
  • Leave the house during the Open House.