Before you list your home for sale, you usually have a list of chores to do to prepare. In addition to a deep cleaning and de-cluttering, there are a few, less-obvious items that need your attention. While at first glance, they may seem unimportant, beware. Potential buyers look in every nook and cranny of your home. Cluttered or dirty spaces that you might not think about will attract their attention as they look around your home. Be proactive and cross these items off your list now -- before listing your house for sale.
1. Windows: Cleaning your windows gives your house that little extra zip. Buyers won't be sure why everything looked so sunny and sparkly, but you'll know. If you are not up to the task, hire a professional. Window cleaning is not as expensive as you would think and having someone else do it frees up your weekend for other house-prep tasks. For extra brightness, do not re-install your screens after cleaning; store them in the basement. Screens actually dull the shine when viewing your home from the street.
2. Gutters: While the average buyer will not climb up on your roof to have a look around, the home inspector they hire will definitely be up there. He or she is not just looking for sturdy gutters that are firmly attached to the house, but also for dirty gutters. If you can't remember the last time you cleaned your gutters, do it now. Chances are, if a home inspector sees gutters crammed full with leaves, sticks, and other debris, he will question whether or not you have done a good job of maintaining your home over the years.
3. Entry Closet: The very first thing buyers see when they walk inside your home is your front entry and the nearby closet. Most buyers will open closets to see what kind of storage space is available inside the home. Too many coats jammed inside, an overflowing box of gloves, and piles of old shoes on the floor will make it look like there's not enough space. Remove all but one coat for each family members and all shoes. Invest in some quality wood hangers and pretty hat boxes for the shelf. Remember to have extra hangers that remain empty; this is where guests would hang up their coats, too. A open and clean closet will convince buyers there will be enough storage space for their things.