Christina McNamee

Christina McNamee

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HOME SELLER CHECKLIST – PREPARING TO LIST


Monday, 22 Oct 2012 at 11:32 pm

Exterior Appearance: Remove any junk or clutter from front of home. This includes tree limbs, leaves, birds nests, old newspapers, etc.  If the exterior of the house is dirty or moldy, powerwash or repaint.

 

Landscaping: Add mulch to planting beds and around trees. Add potted plants off balcony railings with fresh flowers.

 

Doors/Windows: Make sure the exterior and the interior of all windows are washed and cleaned.  This is also a good time to check each window for functionality and to ensure each one is working properly.  Replace any screens that have holes or are frayed.  Replace any cracked window panes. Check all interior and exterior door hinges and handles. Ensure all doors open and closes easily.

 

Painting: When it comes to preparing a house, painting gives you the best return for money spent. Which rooms should you paint? Any that have dirty or marked walls or any rooms that are currently painted in dark colors. Keep it neutral--offwhite or antique white is the best.  My favorite is Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore.

 

Carpeting: At the very least, all carpeting needs to be steam cleaned. Any worn, stained or foul smelling carpet should be replaced. You may be tempted to give a "carpet allowance" and that may work. Just remember, most buyers do not have vision. 

 

Closets: Make sure all closets are neat, clean, and organized.

 

Entry: Must be especially inviting for your guests (your potential buyers). Make certain it is well lit, clean and has nothing laying around either inside or outside. Paint the front door if it even remotely needs it.

 

Living Room/Family Room: If possible, keep furniture at a bare minimum so that traffic flow is easier and the room does not appear smaller than it actually is.  Remove books/DVDs and knick-knacks, remote controls from surface areas.  If this is the room you live in the most, make it look inviting but not overly lived in. Keep furniture at a minimum but make the room look like a comfortable place to spend time.

 

Kitchen: Wash down the exterior of all appliances. Clean the oven interior. Clean or replace the stove hood filter. Wash down the exterior door cabinet faces. Make them shine (same thing with the floors). Remove all clutter and unnecessary items from countertops and front of appliances.  Clean all countertops and backsplashes thoroughly. Make sure all bulbs are working and have the highest wattage available.  A vase full of fresh flowers is always a nice touch to cover up kitchen food odors.

 

Bedrooms: Remove all clutter. Arrange or remove furniture to maintain good traffic flow through rooms. Remember, there may be three or four people in each group that walk through your house.

 

Bathrooms: Make sure all bulbs are working and have the highest wattage available.  Brighter is better! Clean all ceramic tile. Check the grout for cleanliness and deterioration. Thoroughly clean sinks and tubs. If rust spots are on the porcelain, attempt to remove. Remove any evidence of mildew from the shower and bathtub. Repair/replace leaking faucets, water drips or plumbing (look under sink). Always have fresh towels in the bathroom (aka. hotel style). Buy a new shower curtains. Put new soap in the soap dishes

 

Garages: Remove all junk.  If floor has oil marks, clean it (cleaning solutions are available at most home improvement stores and work with a normal garden hose).

 

Furnace and Mechanicals: Change furnace filter.  Keep spare furnace filters next to furnace so buyer sees extras.

 

 

Christina Breuer McNamee | Broker Associate

@properties

1875 N. Damen | Chicago, IL 60647

O: 773.537.1261 | C: 847.567.1080 | F: 312.626.2472

christina@atproperties.com | www.atproperties.com

 

~ The biggest compliment I can receive is the referral of your friends, family and business associates ~


Categories: Buyer/Seller Tips

FINAL WALK-THRU CHECKLIST – PREPARING TO CLOSE


Monday, 22 Oct 2012 at 11:31 pm

 General

  • Have all agreed-upon repairs been completed?
  • Has the associated paperwork been submitted?
  • Have the sellers removed any contents that are supposed to stay?
  • Is the home relatively clean and ready for new occupants?

 

Walls, Ceilings and Floors

  • Are there signs of new damage? (Water damage, gouges, stains, etc.)

 

Electrical

  • Do all light fixtures work?
  • Does every outlet have power?

 

Plumbing

  • Test each faucet. (On/Off? Water Pressure? Hot/Cold water?)
  • Check under sinks for leaks
  • Do all toilets flush properly?
  • Are any drains clogged?

 

Windows/Doors

  • Do all windows open, close and lock properly?
  • Do they all have screens (if applicable)?
  • Do all exterior and interior doors open and close properly?
  • Do the locks work?
  • If there’s an electric garage door, is it operational?
  • Do all cabinet doors/drawers open/close?

 

Appliances

  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove, cook-top, oven, microwave
  • Garbage disposal
  • Exhaust Fans (kitchen and bath)
  • Heaters (bath)
  • Ceiling fans

 

HVAC

  • Test the furnace and/or air conditioning system
  • Are any vents blocked?

 

Exterior

  • Has there been any damage to:
  • Exterior walls or roof?
  • Driveway?
  • Landscaping?
  • Other structures on the property

 

 

Christina Breuer McNamee | Broker Associate

@properties

1875 N. Damen | Chicago, IL 60647

O: 773.537.1261 | C: 847.567.1080 | F: 312.626.2472

christina@atproperties.com | www.atproperties.com

 

~ The biggest compliment I can receive is the referral of your friends, family and business associates ~


Categories: Buyer/Seller Tips

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