Similar to necessary repairs, basic reorganization and maintenance tasks are “must-dos”. While buyers might not notice such work when it is done, they’re sure to notice when it isn’t. This impression of neglect will make it more difficult for them to comfortably project themselves into your home’s living space.
Here are a few reorganization and maintenance tasks that can improve your home’s curb appeal and inside homeyness.
• Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges and shrubs, weed and
• Clean sidewalks and driveway, remove any litter.
• Remove unnecessary items from the exterior of the house.
• Power wash the porch, siding, deck and patio.
• Clean off your outdoor furniture and remove any in
• Clean your air conditioner.
• Clear out the garage of everything but cars. If yours has
become a two-car attic, throw out all unnecessary items, and
then thoroughly organize and clean everything that remains.
• If you have a pool, make sure it’s clean and functioning well
or properly closed in the off-season.
• Clean and tidy the entrance, clear stairs and halls.
• Create space by storing all excess furniture.
• Remove from closets, cabinets and shelves any clothes and
other items you won’t need until after moving. Pre-pack and
store if possible.
• Organize kitchen counter tops, removing some appliances if
necessary, to make them look as spacious as possible.
• Thoroughly clean everything in and out of sight.
• Remove all odors and add air freshener, dishes of potpourri,
etc. for scent.
• Throw out any unnecessary items in an unfinished basement,
and then thoroughly organize and clean everything