With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.

 Here are some suggestions that will help you to get top market value:

 General Maintenance

Oil squeaky doors

Tighten doorknobs

Replace burned out lights

Clean and repair windows

Touch up chipped paint

Repair cracked plaster

Repair leaking taps and toilets

 Spic and Span

Shampoo carpets

Clean washer, dryer, and tubs

Clean furnace

Clean fridge and stove

Clean and freshen bathrooms

The First Impression

Clean and tidy entrance

Functional doorbell

Polish door hardware

Curb Appeal

Cut lawns

Trim shrubs and lawns

Weed and edge gardens

Pick up any litter

Clear walk and driveway of leaves

Repair gutters and eaves

Touch up exterior paint

The Buying Atmosphere

Be absent during showings

Turn on all lights

Light fireplace

Open drapes in the day time

Play quiet background music

Keep pets outdoors

 The Spacious Look

Clear stairs and halls

Store excess furniture

Clear counters and stove

Make closets neat and tidy