Fortunately, there are plenty of things you CAN DO to give your home an edge with prospective buyers, here are a few:

  • Open the draperies pull up the shades and let in the sunlight.
  • Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night.
  • Install high-wattage light bulbs for even more illumination.
  • Remove all clutter from your rooms to make them seem larger.
  • Create a feeling of spaciousness in any way you can.
  • If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating scheme.
  • Keep your home dusted and vacuumed.
  • Have an emergency “game plan” to prepare your house for last-minute showing.
  • If possible, air out your home half an hour before each showing.
  • Lightly mist your house with air freshener and let it diffuse before the buyer arrives
  • Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before the showing, and then place the dish in an out-of-the-way spot in the kitchen.
  • Decorate your bedroom to give it the feel of a “master suite”.
  • Make sure all the beds are made and all linens and draperies are fresh and clean.
  • Organize your closets. Remove unnecessary items and put them in storage.
  • Bathrooms should always be kept spotlessly clean.
  • Do not leave the towels around. Wipe down the shower after each use.
  • Re-caulk your tile if the caulk is not sparkling white.
  • Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps for showings.
  • Set the scene by setting the table. This throws the spotlight on your lovely dining room or eat-in kitchen.
  • The kitchen should always be kept spotlessly clean.
  • Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.
  • Shampoo all carpets and vacuum them daily.
  • If you can’t get the carpet completely clean, replace it.
  • Improve traffic flow and increase visual space by removing unnecessary furniture, knickknacks, toys, etc.
  • Leave enough personal items out to avoid creating a sterile looking environment.
  • Remove all grease from range hoods, stove tops, walls, etc.
  • Clear rubbish out of the fireplace and keep it clean in the winter.
  • Put away your family photos until the house is in contract. This will make it easier for prospective buyers to envision themselves in your space.
  • Remove all unnecessary items from the attic, basement, garage, tool shed, and especially from the storage area if you have one.
  • Rent storage space for these items, or have a yard sale.
  • Fix the front doorbell.
  • Invest in a new doormat.
  • Make sure that all your doors work properly. Repair or replace them if necessary.
  • Create the feeling of a spacious entryway by using decorative accents such as mirrors and rugs. Remove all clutter.
  • Do a spring cleaning no matter what time of year it is. Clean everything, from the attic to the basement.
  • Wash all windows, inside, and out.
  • Clean all light bulbs, light fixtures and chandeliers to brighten your home.
  • Remove all unpleasant odors caused by smoke, pets, etc.
  • Remove posters and adhesive from walls and doors. Putty all nail holes and any other holes in the walls.
  • Depersonalize your teenagers’ rooms and decorate them in a more neutral manner.
  • Clean or paint the basement walls and floor.
  • Paint all interior walls off-white paint. Use two or more coats to cover bold, bright, or dark colors.
  • All walls should be painted, not just washed. This will brighten the rooms and make them look bigger.
  • Repair or replace broken banisters and handrails.
  • Repair or replace loose or dangling wallpaper.
  • If the basement shows any sign of water or structural damage, it may be necessary to obtain a structural engineer’s report.
  • Replace all toilets bowls if you cannot get them spotlessly clean.
  • Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
  • Replace the washers in faucets and remove rust stains from basins.
  • Water and prune all plants.
  • Use plants in entryways, etc. to create a transition between indoors and out.
  • Get rid of dying plants or keep them out of sight.
  • Remove extraneous extension cords and exposed wires.
  • Open doors to all the areas you want buyers to see, such as walk-in closets, pantries, etc.
  • Close all other cabinet and room doors.
  • If you have an attic, make the most of it. Air it out and add decorations if possible.
  • Add visual appeal to stairways, especially the unfinished stairway leading to the basement.
  • Keep you yard mowed, raked, fertilized, and watered at all times.
  • Remove all toys, bikes, tools, and unsightly items from the yard.
  • Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned.
  • Lawns and gardens should be weeded at all times.
  • Use flowering plants to dress up the yard, walkways, and patio.
  • Keep hoses and garden equipment out of sight.
  • Outdoor furniture should be cleaned and repaired if necessary.
  • Stack firewood neatly and out of sight.
  • Evaluate your mailbox with a critical eye. Paint, repair, or replace it if necessary.
  • Make all necessary minor repairs to the exterior of your house.
  • Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, and other extensions of the house should be uncluttered, swept, and in good condition.
  • Paint all entrance doors.
  • Shades and awnings should be in good condition. Replace them if their color has faded. Remove all windsocks.
  • Create an outside living/dining area with furniture and plants.
  • Highlight your pool area, water garden, etc. using lighting, benches, planters and flowering plants.
  • For buyers who visit during the day, take nighttime photos of your decorative yard lighting systems.
  • If you are planning to sell your home later in the season, take pictures of your flowering mature landscaping now.
  • Display these photos in your home for the buyer to see.
  • Clean and polish all accessories, such as doorknobs, door knockers, lamps and address numbers.
  • Clean, repair, and paint all gutters and down spouts.
  • Secure or replace all roof shingles or tiles. If the roof leaks, fix it.
  • Make sure the garage door opens easily. Fix and paint it if necessary.
  • Paint the chimney and replace broken bricks or stones.
  • Painting your home’s exterior can really make the difference between “turning on” a buyer and raising concern about the condition of your home.
  • Arrive at an equitable asking price with the help of an appraisal.
  • Don’t be afraid to accept the first offer.
  • Obtain a floor plan of your home if possible.
  • Assemble house records for the buyers review.
  • Provide a map of your area and highlight places of special interest.
  • Enlist the services of a professional marketing agent such as Paula McDaniel to market your house in trade magazines, in newspapers and with sign brochures.


Paula McDaniel
Cell: 423-355-0311
Fax: 423-598-7277

Shelley Talton
Licensed Assistant to Paula McDaniel

Direct: 423-308-5447
Prudential RealtyCenter.com
7522 E. Brainerd Rd.,
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Office: 423-899-5943


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