How to Get the Most Money for Your Home

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How to Get the Most Money for Your Home

Use this comprehensive check list to prepare your home for the real estate market!
Courtesy of Louisville Real Estate Pros

Curb Appeal

  • Look at your home from afar; imagine the first impression from a buyer’s point of view.? Repair or replace damaged roof shingles.
  • Clean and repair the gutters.
  • Clean and repair the HVAC units.
  • Address any issues with the windows and shutters. Replace torn screens, and be sure there are no noticeable drafts due to old caulking.
  • Repair loose door knobs or broken light fixtures. Paint or polish fixtures to freshen up the appearance. Be sure doors unlock and open without an issues.
  • Sweep porches, corners, and walkways to remove cobwebs and nests.
  • Organize outdoor toys and equipment in a way that doesn’t draw attention from visitors.
  • Clean the exterior of your home and walkways to remove stains and moss. Use a power washer, bleach, or concrete cleaner as necessary.
  • Clean and repair patio and deck furniture.
  • If you have a pool or spa, make sure they sparkle.
  • Clean or paint the front door and mailbox to give the entry a boost.
  • Wash all the windows – inside and outside.
  • Clean your garbage can and store in a place out of view from your front drive and entry.
  • Maintain your landscaping. Mow the lawn, edge the walkways, trims trees and shrubs, weed the gardens, and lay down a fresh layer of mulch. Adding colorful plants to bare spots in also beneficial. Consider flowers planted in containers for the patio or deck.
  • Replace worn out doormats to freshen up the entryway.
  • Drive up to your home again and look around through the eyes of a buyer. Would a buyer have a positive first impression?

Overall Interior

  • Walk through your home and decrease the clutter drastically. Do this by either throwing away, donating,or boxing up items that you will not need until after you move. Remember that clutter is overwhelming to a potential buyer.
  • De-clutter and organize closets; overstuffed closets make it seem like the home lacks sufficient storage.
  • Tighten loose door knobs, outlet plates, vent covers, and light fixtures. Replace any that are too worn for repair.
  • Fix leaky faucets and slow drains.
  • Clean the fireplace.
  • Clean air vents.
  • Add a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint throughout the home.
  • Clean the carpet; deep clean any grouted floor tiles.
  • Clean all blinds and window treatments.
  • Remove and safely store valuables: jewelry, artwork, knick-knacks, medications, cash, coin collections,etc.
  • Open window shades to allow as much natural light in as possible.
  • Store pet dishes and supplies out of sight. Remember that the smell could be more obvious to a buyer than it is to you.

Living Room & Family Room

  • Make these rooms spacious and inviting by arranging furniture in an open and flowing pattern.
  • Remove or repair chipped furniture.
  • Replace overly worn rugs and pillows.
  • Remove toys. Either put them in your child’s bedroom or playroom, or place them in a decorative
  • storage bin that makes sense in the room. Make sure the room’s purpose is understood to the buyer.
  • Make sure the entertainment center sparkles.
  • Vacuum all upholstery, window treatments, and pillows.

Dining Room

  • Clean out the china cabinet and polish any visible silver.
  • Set the table for a formal dinner to help potential buyers envision entertaining guests here.
  • Add an eye catching centerpiece. Fresh flowers work perfectly!


  • Arrange furniture in a way that creates the most space.
  • Clear off the nightstands; store any toys, magazines, and cosmetics.
  • Replace worn out bedding.
  • Make sure the overall atmosphere of the space promotes relaxation.


  • Deep clean every inch of the space, removing all rust and mildew stains.
  • Replace worn out shower curtains, towels, and rugs.
  • Make sure the grout sparkles. This is the best way to make the whole bathroom appear newer.


  • Make sure all of your appliances are in working order.
  • Consume or throw out the foods you’ve been storing for too long.
  • Clean out the refrigerator and freezer. Make it shine. Be sure you aren’t storing foods that put off a strong odor.
  • Clean out your stove, wash knobs, and replace drip pans on electric burners.
  • Clean out cabinets so it appears there is plenty of storage space. Box up any dishes or kitchen items you will not need until after you move to help create a more spacious feel.
  • Polish or touch up paint on your cabinets.
  • Make sure everything sparkles. Clean backsplash. Install a new faucet if yours appears too worn.

Attic, Basement, & Garage

  • Organize and box up items you will not need until after you move.
  • Make inspections easier by storing items in boxes or matching containers on shelves. Organize these items to create more floor space.
  • Make sure there is ample lighting for buyers to view these spaces. Storage space is extremely important to many buyers.
  • Clean off all equipment: water heater, furnace, vents, etc. Make sure any visible insulation is fixed.
  • Wash floors and walls. Clear them of all cobwebs and stains. If the space smells musty, purchase room deodorizers.
  • Dress up an unfinished basement with some seating, a table, and lighting to show it can be used as another living space – not just for storage. If desired, you can hang wall curtains to separate the space from utility equipment.

When It’s Time to Show

  • Do a quick clean and vacuum. Keep all-purpose wipes handy to quickly wipe down the kitchen and
  • bathrooms.
  • Dispose of all trash, and air out your home.
  • Pull open shades that provide a nice view. Maximize as much natural lighting as possible.
  • Secure pets in a place that won’t hinder a buyer from viewing every aspect of your home.
  • Leave any useful information out for the potential buyer’s view: Typical utility bill cost, the MLS profile of your home, your Seller’s Disclosure, and any other information that may be helpful.

If you ever have additional questions, or are thinking about selling your home, don’t hesitate to give us a
call. Louisville Real Estate Pros specialize in home selling, and we are truly the best agents for the job!

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