Attention to Detail for Close to Peanuts

Of course, you want to put your best foot forward when you are selling your house. Regardless of whether you’ve done recent upgrades or your home is in original condition, there are some basics that all sellers need to take care of to improve your chances of success. 

Clean and shiny – Make sure all of your cabinets, counters, walls, mirrors, sinks, door handles, faucets, ceilings, and floors are clean and shiny. If you’ve never used them before, this is the time to familiarize yourself with the power of magic eraser sponges. Made of Melamine, they can be used to clean almost anything and a recent on-line search produced a pack of 100 for less than $5.00. Read the package directions before you clean your finest pearls, but this is an extremely economical way to tackle household cleanliness. Now’s the time to get the handprints off the walls and doors, the coffee splatters off the backsplash behind the coffeemaker, the specks of dried dog food off the wall behind Spot’s food bowl, and the grease off of the vent hood, and  the scuff marks on the baseboards. 

Touch up paint – If your bedroom door handle has punched a hole into the wall it opens into, take the time to patch it up and touch up the paint. If the family pictures you took down from the stairwell left tiny holes in the wall, and your new fashion artwork doesn’t cover them all, fill them in with a touch of spackle and touch up the paint. If the paint on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets has peeled, been scrapped of by hands continuously grabbing for the pulls and handles, or has been stained by water or grease, sand it down and touch up the paint. You can get a quart of paint, a new roller, spackle and a small pan for under $30.

Flowing freely – Are your bathroom sinks clogged? For less than $3, you can buy a plastic drain snake and clear out all the gunk in your drains, so the water can run clear and flow freely down the drain. While you’re in there, check the sink stoppers to make sure they are screwed on straight and they actually stop the drain when you pull the lever. 

Change the filters – The Home Inspector is going to check your HVAC system, so why not let him find a fresh, clean filter. Depending on the size you need, it could cost less than $5 to make a clean impression. Similarly, change the filter in your kitchen vent. Again, depending on the size, you might have to pay about $10 for a brand new filter.

Evaluate the look of your front door – All prospective buyers will come into your house through the front door. They will have a few minutes to study your front door while their agent searches for the lock box to retrieve the key. Is your door clean and free of spider webs? Does the paint need touching up? Does the hardware need to be replaced with a more updated look? You may choose to spend $100 - $200 to give your door a fresh new look to make a great first impression. 

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or