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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery?

Its a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions.

Here are some inexpensive ways to maximize your home’s appeal:

Exterior

  • Keep the grass freshly cut
  • Remove all yard clutter
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences, hand railings and decking
  • Paint the front door
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Wash or paint home’s exterior
  • Tighten and clean all door handles
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached
  • Clean up after pets
  • Park cars in the garage or on street (leave driveway clear)
  • Add some color with potted plants

Interior

  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knickknacks (consider a temporary self-storage unit)
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings
  • Shampoo carpets
  • Clean and organize cabinets and closets
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps
  • Dust and clean all light fixtures
  • Make beds, empty wastebaskets and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
  • Remove clutter throughout and put away toys
  • Freshen the air; potpourri or baked goods add a warm welcoming aroma.¬†
  • Deodorize pet areas

For Showings

  • Set a comfortable room temperature¬†
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open drapes
  • Keep your pets secured or off site
  • Play quiet background music
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown