CLEAN! CLEAN! Have the carpet shampooed; wash the floors, wash the walls, windows, blinds, drapes and light fixtures. Consider engaging a cleaning service, recognizing that it is a justified moving expense.

KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS. Clear off all counter tops. Leave your canisters and little else. Maximize the available counter space. These rooms should be gleaming. If unsightly, have the tub re-caulked and remove mineral deposits and grime from the shower walls. Clean the stove, microwave and refrigerator.

PRIMARY STORAGE AREA. Like the garage, its time has come to be liberated. Remember, you can do it now and benefit with a more attractive home on the market, or you can do it several months from now, in the process of moving when there is no advantage. DO IT NOW. REPAIRS Identify and repair dripping faucets, sticking or creaking doors, etc. When people see areas of disrepair they begin to wonder whether there may be other unseen problems.

CLOSETS. Remove out of season clothing. Organize your clothing and shoes on the floor. Remove all clutter from cabinets and closets.

FURNITURE. The less furniture, the larger a room appears to be.

A LIGHT APPEARANCE. As a rule, do everything to lighten the appearance of the home. Raise the blinds, open the drapes and use light colors. Repaint any room beginning to look shabby.

Walk the property with a pad and pencil. List anything that you think is less than satisfactory without regard to cost or time. You can review the list afterwards to determine what you can and cannot repair.

THE HOUSE. Take a close look as you walk the property. Clean anything that looks unkempt or dirty; repair or replace anything that looks loose, dingy, rusted or broken. Make sure the door bell works. Replace a tired-looking mail box; clean the exterior light fixtures and was the windows. Try to spot hanging or rusting gutters, loose shingles or shutters.

THE YARD. Turn and weed the beds; trim the trees and shrubs. Lay in ground cover. Mend the fence, fix the gate latch. Pick up litter. Consider a landscaping/lawn service.

OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Examine and spot paint your outdoor furniture. If it is rusty or un-repairable, consider disposing of the pieces.

FRONT ENTRY. It’s the first thing the buyers will see as they stand and wait for the door to open. It is worth the extra effort to spruce it up.

THE GARAGE. The time has come. Discard virtually everything in the garage that hasn’t been used for a year. Wash it down.

Every home will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine a specific detailed list of the items needed to prepare the home for the market. We will also provide a list of service contractors that can assist you with any work needed.