Northeast Realty, LLC
Residential & Commercial Real Estate​

Organize, de-clutter and pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway. You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."  Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.

  • Remove all books from bookcases and pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Organize closets by hang shirts together and lining up shoes.
  • Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways.
  • Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger.

Tips When Selling:

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they won't want it.

​Make the house sparkle, make minor repairs and don’t forget curb appeal.

  • Make minor repairs; replace cracked floor or counter tiles; patch holes in walls; fix leaky faucets.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.  Bleach dingy grout.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Replace worn rugs, window coverings, towels and bed coverings.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
  • Remove any evidence of a pet (smells, hair, toys) and clean the litter box daily.
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Check Curb Appeal.
  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.