Before You Sell Checklist - Lake of the Ozarks Real Estate

Planning to sell your Lake of the Ozarks home this Spring? It’s a great time to think about home improvements to add value to your house, and catch potential buyers’ attention.

This checklist provides several simple, inexpensive ways to increase the appeal of your home, inside and out. It’s also a good idea to talk to a REALTOR® with the Fran Campbell Team who can offer helpful advice about giving your home that extra advantage.

We'll call out the highlights in this article, but you can PRINT THE FULL CHECKLIST here!

Do a little landscaping
  • Replace mulch.
  • Pressure wash the house.
  • Edge sidewalks.
  • Remove vegetation between concrete and bricks.
  • Trim tree limbs that are near the roof.
  • Cut the grass.
  • Prune hedges.
  • Freshen flowerbeds.
  • Clear away dead trees and debris.
Make your home more welcoming
  • Install a new door.
  • Paint your front door.
  • Add some new house numbers.
  • Get a new lockset, kickplate and house number combination that coordinates with a new light fixture.
Refresh your deck
  • Power wash deck clean. 
  • Reseal the deck.
  • Use a wood lattice to enclose unsightly areas underneath.
  • Add a bright umbrella.
  • Replace cushions on furniture.
  • Decorate with potted plants and flowers.
  • Accent with a small fountain.
  • Install wind chimes to create a serene atmosphere buyers are sure to appreciate.
  • Use citronella candles to deter bugs.
Repair every imperfection
  • Patch small cracks.
  • Repair drywall.
  • Replace broken tiles.
  • Replace old fixtures.
Clean every spot
  • Scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors. 
  • Steam clean rugs.
  • Polish hardwood floors.
  • Wash windows inside and out.
Minimize the clutter
  • Remove all personal items and pictures and place personal items in storage.
  • Clear clutter from the floor by using a shoe cube organizer.
  • Store all children’s toys.
  • Add wire shelving / closet shelving for additional storage space.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint inside closets to make everything look clean and organized.
  • Place a few cedar blocks in your closet for a great scent.
Improve energy efficiency
  • Install a programmable thermostat. 
  • Place weather-stripping on doors and windows. Weatherstripping
  • Wrap pipes to conserve energy.
  • Insulate your water heater.
  • Replace furnace filters.
  • Replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones.
Give your favorite space a makeover
  • Paint walls in neutral colors like linen, cream and beige.
  • Use thin drapes in a neutral color to accent.
  • Switch generic switches with painted or ceramic ones.
  • Boost the look of natural lighting with daylight bulbs.
  • Add a throw rug to give a touch of softness to the place.
Create a camera-ready kitchen
  • Paint walls with white or neutral paint that complements the cabinets.
  • Replace existing hardware with cabinet pulls and knobs for a new look.
  • Install new lighting under the cabinet for a dramatic effect.
  • Highlight the island or countertop with a simple fixture.
  • Replace vinyl blinds with sheer bamboo or linen blinds.
Design a relaxing space
  • Paint walls in soft, sedated colors like light blue, pale green or cream.
  • Install a new faucet, fixtures and towel bars.
  • Put in a medicine cabinet for added storage.
  • Buy new towels in a light or neutral color.
  • Replace the shower curtain and bathmat. A new shower curtain offers that “new car” smell.
  • Keep the room looking clutter-free by organizing bath accessories in a shower caddy.
  • Add a new bath mat.
This handy checklist is compliments of LOWES and sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® .

Do you have any GREAT tips for preparing your house to sell?  Tell us some of the cool things that you've done!



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