• Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight.  A well-manicured lawn, neatly clipped shrubbery, and clean walks create a good first impression.
  • An extra shot of fertilizer, in season, will make your grass look lush and green.
  • Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house.
  • Paint your house if necessary.  This can probably do more for sales appeal than any other factor.  If you decide against painting, at least consider touching up front shutters and window frames.
  • In winter, walks should be free of snow and ice.
  • Inspect the roof and gutters.  Any missing shingles to replace?  Are the gutters and downspouts in place?  Do they need paint or repair?
  • Consider putting flowers outside the front door.
  • Put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox.
  • Repair broken outdoor steps.
  • The kitchen is the most important room in the house.  Make it bright and attractive.  If dull clean cabinets and put up new curtains.
  • Clean the ventilating hood in the kitchen.
  • Clean the kitchen floor; if badly worn consider replacing it.
  • Remove any appliances that you keep on your counters.  Clean counters make the room look larger.
  • Repair dripping faucets
  • Keep fresh towels in the bathroom.
  • Use special cleaning products to remove stains from toilets, bathtubs, sinks and showers.
  • If sink and bathtub drain slowly, unclog them.
  • Have all plaster in top shape.  Cracks (or nailpops, visible seams in dry walls) are easy to fix.
  • Check ceilings for leak stains.  Fix the cause of the damage, repair the ceiling and paint.
  • When painting and redecorating, avoid offbeat colors - stick to conventional white and easy to work with pastels inside.
  • Replace faded curtains and bedspreads.
  • If you have a fireplace make it look inviting - clean it out and lay some logs inside.
  • Wash windows.
  • Replace broken glass
  • Mend torn sceens.
  • Check to see that all windows will open and close.
  • Replace burned-out bulbs.  Use brighter bulbs.  (Especially in the basement)
  • Make sure that every light switch works.
  • Make floors shine; clean and polish them.  Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads.
  • Straighten up the closets - get rid of excess items.
  • For doors that stick slightly, rub a block of paraffin against the surface that shows sign of wear.
  • For sliding doors that stick in their tracts, rub the tracks with paraffin or candle wax.
  • Clean out attic, basement and garage and dispose of everything you are not going to move.  Package everything you won't need until you're settled in your new home.
  • Make sure the stairs to the basement are well lit.
  • If your basement is dark and gloomy, paint ceiling and walls a light color.
  • Keep curtains and blinds open to let in light.  This also makes rooms look larger.
  • Have your home well lit during showings.
  • At night turn on porch light and outdoor lighting in back, if available.
  • Avoid clutter, neatness makes a room look larger.
  • If possible, leave your furniture and rugs in the house while showing it.
  • Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on the counters.
  • Keep toys in the children's rooms.  Bikes, wagons and skateboards should be made as inconspicuous as possible.
  • Keep the radio, stereo, and television off or turn down the volume.
  • Take you family away during an open house.
  • Children should be kept quiet
  • Don't mention furniture or funishings you wish to dispose of unless asked.
  • Take pets outdoors when your house is being shown.
  • Answer questions candidly when asked, but don't offer answers to unasked questions.

Robert Stack & Associates, Inc. and Steve Stack Builders & Remodelers (414-659-9111) - 12765 W. Janesville Rd. - Muskego, WI 53150
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