Check List For Selling Your HOME To Get TOP Dollar

Dated: June 14 2023

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You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it’s the first impression that really counts! When a potential buyer surveys your home, they know within minutes whether it meets their needs or not. This usually occurs when they first step through the door. The following pages contain proven ways that you can help your home sell quicker and, perhaps, for a better price.

Please consider the recommended changes. Your real estate agent can bring in prospective buyers, but the “saleability” of your home is your responsibility!


  • The condition of your home’s exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal.

  • Touch-up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.

  • If your lawn shows no signs of life, a little fertilizer and some water will do wonders for its color. Mow and edge the lawn frequently until the home is sold.

  • Overgrown shrubbery is cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.

  • A low-cost investment in season flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.

  • Replace missing shutters, gutter, and downspouts and remove any debris from clean gutters.

  • Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.

  • Cracks in the driveway and sidewalks can be easily repaired with ready-mix cement. For excessive stains, there are easy–to–use cleaning agents at your home repair store.

  • Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.

  • Fences should be mended and painted.

  • If the street sweeper does not come every week, make sure the area in front of your curb and driveway are clear of debris. Wash it down with the hose.

  • Wash all windows inside and out.

  • All of these suggestions may also be applied to your backyard and/or children’s play area.


Living Area

  • Clean your home from top to bottom

  • Put all valuables in a safe place.

  • Repair any cracks or holes in walls and touch up paint or if the paint is over 5 years old consider re-painting walls and baseboards.

  • Doors should be cleaned and touched up as well. All torn screens should be repaired or replaced.

  • Avoid painting the entire house unless the current colors are very load of offbeat. White or light pastels are the easiest for new homes to work with and they make rooms look larger.

  • Have carpet and draperies cleaned.

  • The carpet should be vacuumed throughout the house the day your home is being shown.

  • If you have a fireplace, make sure all tile is in good condition, the screen is in good shape, and the hearth is clean.

  • Lubricate squeaking doors, windows, and cabinets.

  • Put natural deodorizers in each room and closet.

  • Pack up out-of-season clothes so closets do not look cluttered.

  • Pre-pack items, which may clutter your home and make rooms appear smaller.

  • A few colorful plants will help liven and add color to the interior.


  • The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. Keep the counters clean and clear of appliances and clutter. All appliances should be clean and neatly organized. An open appearance with sunlight and green plants here and there will make the room a focal point. Make it light and bright!

  • Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.

  • Clean and wax the kitchen floor. If the floor looks old and dull consider replacing the flooring.

  • Clean fans and vent hoods.


  • All bathroom appliances should be thoroughly cleaned. Remove stains from the sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.

  • Replace old caulking around bathtubs and sinks.

  • Repair or replace leaky faucets.

  • Unclog and sanitize drains to remove odors.

  • Clean mirrors.

  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed.

  • Fresh towels should be in the bathroom at all times.

Garage, Basement & Attic

  • Have a garage sale to dispose of any unwanted items. Family heirlooms, which you will take with you, should be boxed and stored in the garage or off-site until you move.

  • Degreasers are available at your local home repair store to remove stains from the garage floor.

  • Remove any dirt, cobwebs, clutter.

  • If the areas are a functioning part of the home, make sure the areas are clean and in good repair.

Laundry room/mud room

  • Dirty laundry should be kept in a laundry basket and stored in a closet.

  • Shoes/jackets and coats should be stored and kept in closets and not in functional spaces of the home

Buyers and their agents understand that you are moving, however, your entire home needs to be kept tidy, clean, and neat, including closets, basements, and garages. All boxes should kept organized/stacked nicely in either the garage or basement.   

Denver CO Real Estate Jennifer Gaines REALTOR® specializes in matching people to homes and professional resale services in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, and surrounding areas. While helping you find the home of your dreams or sell your home for top dollar, you’ll experience the ultimate customer service experience. Get the Gaines Advantage today and call or text me: Jennifer Gaines 303-906-8218

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