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When you sell with Beyond Properties, you can expect the highest possible standards. Following is a checklist of items to consider when you decide to put your home on the market.

Make Maintenance Improvements

There are a number of easy and inexpensive improvements that can substantially improve a home’s appearance.

  • Trim trees and shrubs
  • Apply new caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors
  • Clean and repair gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
  • Replace bathroom caulk or grouting where necessary
  • Install a dehumidifier or ventilate closed basements and crawl spaces

Make Cosmetic Improvements

An attractive, clean and neat appearance will enhance your home’s appeal.

  • Keep the lawn mowed and the house tidy
  • Clean exterior walls, stairs and trim; repaint if necessary
  • Open window shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere
  • Keep the kitchen and bathrooms clean, since buyers scrutinize these areas most

Pay Attention to Details

Fixing even minor items can go a long way toward improving the first impression of potential buyers.

  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Tighten loose doorknobs
  • Replace damaged screens
  • Replace broken windows
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs
  • Secure loose railings
  • Repair and coat driveway
  • Repair peeling wallpaper
  • Clean and paint walls as necessary

Take Safety Precautions

Pay attention to items relating to protecting the home and its occupants from danger.

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each level
  • Have an electrician install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets in “wet” areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens
  • Store flammable products away from the furnace, water heater and fireplaces

Prepare for the Buyer’s Inspection

It’s a good idea to assemble in advance various house records that can be used to answer questions from buyers and home inspectors.

  • Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
  • Information on the age of major components (furnace, air conditioner, water heater, roof)
  • Major component warranties (e.g. roof, furnace etc.)
  • Gas and electric bills from the previous 12 months
  • Remove excess clutter from basement, attic and garage areas to give buyers and home inspectors access to the heating system, electrical equipment and structure